Pistorius not guilty of murdering girlfriend, says Judge

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The six-time Paralympian gold medallist, Oscar Pictorius, has been cleared of murder charges in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

South African Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murder, one of four charges he has faced in a trial lasting months.

Steenkamp was shot dead by Pistorius at his Pretoria home on the eve of the 2013 Valentines Day. The athlete maintains the shooting was in error as he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The state accused Pistorius of lying and pressed for his conviction for murder.

Judge Masipa ruled Thursday that there is no evidence supporting premeditated murder, but said there could be grounds for culpable homicide.

“Shooting the accused dead was a genuinely mistake as he thought he was shooting an intruder,” the judge said. “It tips the case in favour of the accused but key question is, if he can distinguish between right or wrong.”

A verdict on the relatively less serious charge of culpable homicide is awaited.


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  • Ahmed Arsenal Abubakar

    I feel relieved for him, he was so devasted

  • Okey

    Not just Oscar Pistorious, the hot tempered murderer would surely go to hell. Another being, who now dances on the grave of that verily innocent girl whose soul is crying for just, shall surely be scorched in the hottest part of hell for knowledgeable miscarriage of justice.

  • colinas

    Oscar Pistorious is a hyena look-like monster murderer. His conscience will judge him for the rest of his life. May God forgive him and May the soul of innocent Reeva rest in perfect peace.

  • bib

    PMB providing necessary beacons for the rapid development of the country.

  • Proud Yoruba

    Dear VP Prof Osinbajo, as chairman of NEC, when those governors come to the July 23rd meeting to tell you about the $2.1 billion missing from the ECA and the 3.8 Trillion Naira deducted at source by NNPC Strategic Alliance Agreements, then please hire two professional Nigerian Auditing firm to conduct Forensic audits on the ECA since inception, circa 2005, and the NNPC report from Sanusi on the non-remittance of funds to federation accounts. Then the EFCC or the Attorney General can take it from there. I believe this is the quickest way to find money stolen by the previous administration. At least the bulk of it. Lets do it before the trail gets cold. Thank you sir and thank you for visiting Maiduguri.