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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder

Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius was today found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steekamp. According to Judge Thokozile Masipa's statement : "The State has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding." Pistorius sat in the dock weeping, shaking and clenching his jaw as Masipa read through her judgment.

The athlete's family, among them his uncle Arnold, aunt Lois, sister Aimee and father Henke, were in court. His brother Carl Pistorius arrived in a wheelchair and both legs in casts. He was injured in a car accident last month. Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, as well as her cousin Kim Martins were in court to hear the judgment on Thursday.

Earlier, Masipa said Pistorius was a "very poor witness" and contradicted himself on the stand.
She described him as an evasive witness and said he failed to listen to questions thinking of the impact of his answers. Masipa rejected Pistorius's defence that this was because he was under emotional stress, traumatised, and medicated. Judge Masipa trial has ruled out premeditated murder but is due to decide on Friday whether the double-amputee is guilty of culpable homicide.

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