Day 2: follow the Oscar Pistorius verdict live

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12 September 2014

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

See the latest updates from the North Gauteng High Court, where Judge Masipa will hand down the rest of the court’s verdict.

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10:20 Oscar guilty of culpable homicide

"Evidential material before this court... shows that the accused acted negligently when he fired into the toilet door, knowing there was someone behind the door," Masipa said.

"It cannot be said that the accused did not entertain a genuine belief that there was an intruder in the toilet who posed a threat to him...

"It could not be said that he foresaw that either the deceased or anyone else for that matter might be killed when he fired the shots at that door."

He was also acquitted on charges of illegal possession of ammunition and one of the charges on the illegal discharge of a firearm in a public place. -- Sapa

But he was found guilty on the illegal discharge of a firearm in the restaurant Tashas in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg in January 2013.

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10:08 Oscar acquitted of illegal possession of ammunition

Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted of a charge of illegal possession of ammunition.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the State failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

"He therefore cannot be found guilty on this count," she said in the High Court in Pretoria.

Count 4 relates to the illegal possession of ammunition after the police found .38 ammunition in the safe of Pistorius's home after the shooting. -- Sapa

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10:01 Oscar is guilty of Count 3, the shooting incident at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg.

Oscar guilty of firing shot in restaurant

The State has proved beyond reasonable doubt that paralympian Oscar Pistorius contravened the firearms act when he fired a shot in a restaurant, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Friday.

"He should not therefore have asked for a firearm in a public place...

"The State has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused contravened... the [firearms] Act," said Judge Thokozile Masipa. According to count three on the charge sheet Pistorius allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013. -- Sapa

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09:51 Oscar acquitted on Count 2, the sunroof shooting incident. The state failed to prove its case, Judge Masipa rules.

Oscar acquitted on first firearm charge

Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted on one of the charges of discharging a firearm in public.

"The State has failed to establish that the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt on this count and has to be acquitted," said Judge Thokozile Masipa in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

The State alleges that on September 30, 2012 Pistorius allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with his friend Darren Fresco and his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor in Modderfontein. -- Sapa

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 09:45 Darren Fresco proved to be a dishonest witness, Judge Masipa says.

 

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09:37 Judge Masipa begins with Count 2: the shooting out of the car sunroof.

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09:36 Masipa begins day two of judgment

Judge Thokozile Masipa continued with her judgment after 9.30am on Friday in paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria.

She was flanked by her two assessors, Themba Mazibuko and Janette Henzen-du Toit.

Pistorius arrived at the court in a silver Land Rover at around 9am, dressed in a black suit and white shirt. He was greeted by a large media contingent that had been waiting outside the court for him.

A swat protection vehicle arrived after him. His family had arrived at court and his father Henke Pistorius wore his signature white hat.

Families took their seats in the front row, while he took his seat in the dock looking down. His sister Aimee approached his lawyer Barry Roux and gave him a hug.

Steenkamp's father Barry leaned forward with his elbows on the bench in front staring at Pistorius as he chatted to his uncle Arnold.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel arrived in courtoom GD with a big book. Paramedics were also seen in court.

Outside court, supporter Claudia van Wyk said she supported both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families. --Sapa

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09:09 Oscar arrives at court

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the High Court in Pretoria just after 9am on Friday for the second day of judgment in his trial.

He arrived in a silver Land Rover, dressed in a black suit and white shirt. He was greeted by a large media contingent that had been waiting outside the court for him.  

He struggled to make his way through as journalists and members of the public hurried to take pictures of him.

After he got into the court, cameramen outside got off their ladders and people began making their way into the court.

Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux arrived at court with two other lawyers in his team, and were stuck in a crowd of journalists for a few seconds.

Behind him were lawyers Brian Webber and Kenny Oldwadge who remarked: "What's going on now?", before being let in.

A team of police officers were also stationed at various points and people began lining the pathway adjacent to the court ahead of the athlete's arrival. -- Sapa

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09:00 Media and Steenkamps arrive at court

Media and the family of Reeva Steenkamp arrived at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday ahead of the second day of judgement in paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial.

The Steenkamp family arrived with their lawyer Dup de Bruyn and hurried past the media contingent lined up at the door.

People began lining the pathway adjacent to the court ahead of the arrival of Pistorius.

June Steenkamp, anf her husband Barry arrive at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 12 September 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa will continue handing down judgment in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial. PHOTO: SAPA June Steenkamp, anf her husband Barry arrive at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 12 September 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa will continue handing down judgment in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial. PHOTO: SAPA

Outside, at the bus stop bench, was a scribbling which read: “We will always honour your talent.” Across at the bus stop were the words: “Only God can judge”.

Marshals were telling journalists where they were allowed to stand in attempts to make space for lawyers arriving for court.

Some camera teams had made their way to the top of the building, their cameras peering outside the windows in anticipation of Pistorius’s arrival.

Pistorius will hear on Friday if he is guilty of culpable homicide. -- Sapa

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ROUND UP

On Thursday, Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Oscar Pistorius of murder finding that the evidence with regard to the charge was “purely circumstantial”.

However, she said Pistorius was negligent when he fired four shots into a toilet cubicle that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

Pistorius, 27, said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it.

The State argued the murder was premeditated.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges. -- Sapa

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