Judge Thokozile Masipa: Prosecution Unable to Prove that Oscar Pistorius Committed Premeditated Murder
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius who is being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day of 2013 could face a lesser charge due to the fact that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he had committed premeditated murder.
Judge Thokozile Masipa went ahead to explain that Oscar had acted negligently and had no intention of killing his girlfriend, which was the basis of ruling out a murder conviction for Mr. Pistorius.
However, Ms. Masipa explained that Mr. Pistorius was wrong to fire four shots in rapid succession through his locked bathroom door—even if he believed there was an intruder inside and not Reeva Steenkamp.
The trial has been followed closely by South Africans on a dedicated channel, and also captivated a vast audience around the globe as various journalists took to twitter to criticize the transformation of posteriors from a brave competitor to a shaky witness in his own murder trial as he claimed that his judgement was clouded by his insecurity as a a result years of disability when he confronted an unseen intruder and ended up killing his girlfriend since its inception in march.
Rather than being shaky he vomited into a bucket when images of the deceased body were displayed in the wood-paneled courtroom, and he repeatedly wept during more than a week of testimony in April.
Ms. Masipa has since then received praises from South Africans for her stand while handling the complicated trial as Mr. Pistorius’ aggressive lawyers kept on deferring to her instructions and calling her “my lady.”