Judge questions Oscar Pistorius’ inconsistent claims

2014-09-11 12:08

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The claim by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius that he did not think he could kill someone was rejected by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today.

“This assertion is inconsistent with someone who shot without thinking,” she read from her judgment.

“I shall revert to this later.”

She was referring to Pistorius’ evidence that “he never thought he could kill someone in the toilet”, and that this only occurred to him after Reeva Steenkamp had died.

She was summarising Pistorius’ evidence. She read extracts from what he had told the court: “He did not have time to think”, “he fired shots at the door but did not do so deliberately” and “he did not aim at the door but the firearm was pointed at the door”.

Masipa said Pistorius had told the court he was not ready to discharge his gun. However, the safety catch on his gun was off.

Meanwhile, a crowd that included members of the ANC Women’s League began singing outside the court as they awaited the ruling.They had gathered outside the court in support of the Steenkamp family.

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