Judge Finds Pistorius Not Guilty Of Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the South African blade runner accused of killing appears set to walk away from murder charges.

The presiding Judge of the murder trial, Thokozile Masipa in the course of reading her judgment on Thursday morning, explicitly stated that there was no sufficient evidence to find the Olympian guilty of the murder, premeditated or not, of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

The Judge said the state had failed to prove premeditated murder and the evidence was “purely circumstantial.”The athlete would also not be found guilty of murder without premeditation (dolus eventualis), as Masipa says it was not proved that he had foreseen that his actions could result in the death of the person behind the toilet door.

However, the judge said it was clear that Pistorius had acted unlawfully in shooting the person behind the door. She added in her statement that Pistorius was a “very poor witness,” but that untruthfulness does not in itself mean the accused is guilty.

Masipa will return after lunch to deliver her decision on whether he is guilty of culpable homicide. Earlier in the trial, Pistorius acknowledged that he shot Steenkamp to death but said he mistook her for an intruder.

 

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