Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of Murder Judge Masipa ruled

Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of Murder Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled at North Gauteng High court on Thursday September 11, 2014 in the Trial of Oscar Pistorius, officially known as The State vs Oscar Pistorius.

The trial of Oscar Pistorius comes after he shot and killed his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp on Thursday February 14, 2013 at his Silverwoods Country Estate in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. He claimed that he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp after he mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

Shorty after the February 14 morning shooting and killing of Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius was taken to Boschkop police station before being transported to Mamelodi Day Hospital.

Later that day Oscar Pistorius returned to the police station and spent his first night in police custody and was formally charged with murder in a Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on February 15, 2013.

On February 19, 2013 the bail hearing began at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court under Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair.

At the conclusion of the four-day bail hearing, Magistrate Nair said that the state had not convinced him that Pistorius posed a flight risk and fixed bail at R1 million.

On June 4, 2014 the court case was postponed to allow time for further investigation until a hearing at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on August 19, when Pistorius was formally indicted on two charges of murder and the illegal possession of ammunition.

After delays, the trial of Oscar Pistorius began at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa on March 3, 2014. The media took a special interest in the trial of the Paralympian – Olympian turned murder accused.

As the trial progressed the media began to lose interest, this was further compounded by the 2014 Fifa World Cup held in Brazil – while the trial continued, all the camera lenses turned to Brazil to watch Germany make history.

On September 11, 2014 Judge Thokozile Masipa gave the verdict on the murder charge, she ruled that Oscar Pistorius was not guilty of Murder. The state did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that intended to shoot and kill Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Masipa said there was not enough evidence to prove that he was guilty either of premeditated murder or second degree murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa was quoted saying “Culpable homicide is a competent verdict”, she is expected to rule o this charge on Friday September 12, 2014.

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