September 11, 2014 – Judge Thokozile Masipa, South African Judge handling murder case of the Olympic sprinter, Osca Pistorius has ruled that the sprinter is not guilty of premeditated murder.
Pistorius has been on trial for murdering his longtime girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The judge however said that the suspect could however be guilty of manslaughter.
In making the ruling, the judge declared that prosecution was unable to prove that the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend deliberately in the toilet after a row.
“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. How could the accused reasonably have foreseen that the shot he fired would kill the deceased? Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility, that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bedroom at the time. He cannot have foreseen killing whoever was behind the toilet door”, Masipa said.
The South African Olympic sprinter allegedly murdered her girlfriend on Saint Valentine’s Day last year, saying he thought she was an intruder.
Mr Pistorius, 27, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, including two counts of shooting a firearm in public and illegal possession of ammunition.