Oscar’s performance ‘sunk him’

2014-08-09 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius was the author of his own downfall with his performance on the stand, legal experts said yesterday. Three predicted he would be found guilty of murder, but not necessarily premeditated murder.

“If an accused jumps around like a cat on a hot tin roof, it is highly advantageous to the state’s case,” said advocate Jan Henning SC, former deputy head of the NPA.

Attorney Wessie Wessels said the iimprobabilities and inconsistencies in Pistorius’s evidence were so glaring he felt sorry for the defence team.

“I am convinced he and Reeva had an argument. The court can’t do otherwise than find him guilty of murder, but I don’t think the state proved premeditation.”

Attorney Delia de Vries said she expects Pistorius will be found guilty of culpable homicide, as the defence raised enough doubts.

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