Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder

By on September 11, 2014

Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of murder charges on Thursday. The court said the athlete cannot be found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius could not have foreseen that the person he was shooting at, who was behind the bathroom door, would die, and therefore the state has not proven an intent to kill, Judge Thokozile Masipa said on Thursday. She also said evidence suggests that Pistorius genuinely believed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was still in the bedroom, and that the person in the bathroom was an intruder, although that is irrelevant to the case, she said.

The judge however questioned Oscar’s decision to fire 4 shots and not 1 shot at the bathroom. Thokozile added that the court is satified with the proceeding. “Technology is more reliable than human perception and human memory,” she said.

She described the victim’s wound as “immediately incapacitating,” and said she believed a scream heard by witnesses the night of the killing was Pistorius,’ not Steenkamp’s.

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