Friday, 12 September 2014

Oscar Pistorius found GUILTY of Culpable Homicide of Reeva Steenkamp

After being let go of premeditated murder charge,27 year old Oscar Pistorious has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend unintentionally..
-Guilty of Culpable Homicide /Manslaughter 
-Guilty of Discharging a firearm at a restaurant 
He has been granted bail and sentencing begins on the 13th of October .Despite the prosecution''s claims that he shouldn't be granted bail because he is a suicide risk.i.e,He could harm himself and avoid sentencing,Judge Thokozile Masipa said 
“I have considered the submissions by council… the onus is on the State to persuade this court it was not in the interest of justice that the accused bail is extended.I am not so persuaded,”  

Breakdown of all 4 counts below..

Count 1(Murder)- Not guilty of firing at Reeva through the bathroom door.The court does not believe theargument that the accused and deceased had an argument, she ran into the bathroom,he followed her and fired shots and she died .It was considered circumstantial .The court believes he thought there was an intruder in the toilet because of the sequence of events.The court believes he genuinely seeked for help and wanted to save her when he found out she was behind the door

He acted negligently by shooting through the door of a tiny bathroom knowing whoever was behind that door would likely be killed .A reasonable man would have tried to avoid that .
-He could have gone to the balcony and yelled for help
-He could have called security 
-He could have made sure Reeva was in bed 
So he is guilty of murder by negligence
Reeva's dad when the verdict was reached

Count 2--
He was not guilty of firing a gun through the roof of his car.The state failed to establish the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt
The witnesses,his friend and ex girlfriend were unreliable because they contradicted themselves.Their versions are so dissimilar that one may be tempted to think they were talking of  different incidents.

-Fresco his friend was proved to be a dishonest witness and lied.
-Taylor a former girlfriend of the accused claimed he was unfaithful to her .Her evidence showed she was hurt by the way the relationship ended and needs to be approached with a certain degree of caution

Count 3-Firing a gun at a restaurant-He is found guilty of discharging a firearm at a restaurant and begging his friend to take the blame ...

Count 4-He is Not guilty of unlawfully possessing 38 rounds of ammunition at his house without any right to possess the ammunition or having a license...

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