Pistorius cleared of murder charges

PRETORIA - The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has ruled out all murder charges, but says he may still be guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter).

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the prosecution had failed to prove the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend deliberately in the toilet after a row, prompting tears from Mr Pistorius.

He cannot have foreseen killing whoever was behind the toilet door, she said.

She added he was an evasive witness but this did not mean he was guilty.

The South African Olympic sprinter denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he thought there was an intruder.

Mr Pistorius, 27, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces, including two counts of shooting a firearm in public and the illegal possession of ammunition.

Comments (2)

Politics if he was an ordinary person anongopiswa nezuva sezvatinoita ingaadai cheni dzavamugumbo

protestor - 11 September 2014

Pistorius is guilty of murder. How can the judge say "He cannot have foreseen killing whoever was behind the toilet door". What did she think he hoped to accomplish by firing the gun? It's a lethal weapon. When he fired those shots, he was aiming to kill. Straight and simple. He was aware of where the person was in relation to the door, he was aware of the person's height, he must have known that Reeva was not in the bed. The man is a foul murderer, and he deserves to be electrocuted. He should watch his step from now on, because EVERYONE knows he is guilty, and it will be only a matter of time before someone blows him away.

drkisskiss - 15 September 2014

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