Pretoria, Sep 12 (): The South African Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, who shot and murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year on Valentine’s Day, was found to be “negligent” in the killing on Thursday, but he was acquitted of murder charges as he acted unlawfully when he shot and killed his girlfriend.
Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa said she was “not persuaded that a sensible person” with the similar disability like that of the double amputee would have blazed four gun shots into the bathroom without understanding that the individual inside the bathroom could be killed.
She said, in such circumstances, it is very clear that his behaviour was negligent and then she sharply adjourned court for the day. She said less than half an hour after hearings resumed following a lunch break that we would have to stop and restart tomorrow morning. But, she did give any explanation on the adjournment.
The main events of Thursday’s happening in Pretoria:
• Judge Masipa said the 27-year-old double-amputee Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius cannot be found guilty of murder.
• But, still he could be found guilty of culpable homicide, which brings maximum sentence of 15 years.
• The judge said Oscar Pistorius “acted very hurriedly” when he blazed the fatal gun shots and his behaviour was “neglectful”.
• Pistorius did a “conscious assessment” to take a gun and he also has known the difference between right and wrong.
• The judge also probed the dependability of the witnesses who said they heard gunshots and screams the night Steenkamp was murdered.
• Still, Pistorius faces three distinct charges – one for possessing ammunition illegally and two for shooting a pistol in public space.
• The court has been adjourned until 9.30am tomorrow.
Sitting in a wooden dock in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, Pistorius had frowned and sniffed as he viewed Masipa call Pretoria’s High Court to order and read her verdict. He fell forward and cried as the judge cleared him of the two murder charges.