Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, the judgement was handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa on Friday September 12, 2014. The guilty verdict of culpable homicide come after Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder and cleared of premeditated murder.

oscar+pistoriusFurthermore, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of firing a shot in a Johannesburg restaurant in 2013 but was found not guilty of firing a shot through an open sunroof and for the illegal possession of ammunition.

Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Thursday February 14, 2014 at his Silverwoods Country Estate home in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

In the wake of the shooting, he never denied firing the shots one of which resulted in the death of Reeva SteenkampOscar Pistorius claimed to have mistook her for an intruder.

While Oscar Pistorius was held, the state decided to pursue premeditated murder charges and the prosecution opposed the his bail application but it’s position was defeated was he was granted bail of R1 million by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court .

The Trial of Oscar Pistorius (The State vs Oscar Pistorius) began on March 3, 2014 at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa  under presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa

On September 11, 2013 part one was of the verdict was handed down as Oscar Pistorius was found NOT guilty of murder or premeditated murder, Judge Thokozile Masipa stated that there was insufficient evidence to establish beyond reasonable doubt that Oscar Pistorius intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

On September 12, 2014 Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down a guilty verdict of culpable homicide, she was quoted saying

“The unanimous decision of this court is the following. On count one murder…the accused is found is not guilty…instead he is found guilty of culpable homicide, there is no basis for this court to make the inference that the accused wanted to kill the deceased. The conduct of the accused shortly after the incident is inconsistent with someone who had wanted to commit murder”.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also that Oscar Pistorius acted with negligence “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.”

Oscar Pistorius will remain o the outside on bail until sentencing on October 13, 2014.


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