Unwise to rely on what witnesses heard - Oscar judge

2014-09-11 11:35
Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgement in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/Pool)

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgement in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/Pool)

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Pretoria - Judge Thokozile Masipa would not rely on what witnesses to Reeva Steenkamp's killing claimed they heard, she said in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

"It would be unwise to rely on any evidence by those witnesses who gave evidence on what they heard that morning. Human beings are fallible and rely on memory, which fades over time."

As Masipa read her judgment, four police tactical response team officers, without rifles, watched over the court, hands behind their backs.

Masipa said fortunately phone records allowed for the chronology of events to be recreated.

She read the timeline between 03:12 on February 14 last year, when the first shots were heard, and 03:55, when police arrived on the scene.

"It gives a feel of where witnesses corroborate or contradict one another," she added.

She took a sip of water, whispered to one of her assessors, and called a two-minute break.

Oscar Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse last year.

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