sexta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2014

Oscar Pistorius trial: Why murder was ruled out

Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius did not murder his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines' Day 2013. But she said she would deliver her verdict on a lesser charge, culpable homicide, on Friday.

Premeditated murder

The state argued that Mr Pistorius had had an argument with Ms Steenkamp, after which he deliberately shot her dead. The judge ruled this had not been proved, as there was only circumstantial evidence of an argument - uncorroborated witnesses' statements. 

She also dismissed witnesses who said they had heard Ms Steenkamp scream before the shots were fired, or before the final shot.  The judge found that he consistently said he had fired in the belief there was an intruder and she had no reason to disbelieve him.

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