‘Pistorius acted too hastily and used excessive force’ – Judge Masipa

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Judgement in the trail of Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, is set to continue tomorrow in the North Gauteng High Court after Judge Thokozile Masipa ended proceedings early.

Earlier, Judge Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of pre-mediated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, saying that “the state had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt” that the athlete had intentionally shot Steenkamp at his Silver Lakes Estate home on Valentine’s Day last year.

“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,” she said.

In her closing statement, Masipa said that Pistorius acted too hastily when shooting at the bathroom door, describing his actions as “negligent” and “using excessive force”.

“A reasonable person in the accused’s position must have foreseen that there was a person in that toilet cubicle. The accused knew someone was behind that door, [yet] he chose to use a firearm,” Masipa said.

“I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily”.

Although she may not have said it formally, this has led some to speculate that she is leaning towards a culpable homicide verdict, which remains to be seen when the hearing resumes.

 

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