Oscar Pistorius verdict, what to expect

Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down her verdict on whether the state proved its case against Oscar Pistorius, or whether Oscar’s version of events is reasonably possibly true.
Masipa will read the judgement in open court. The judgement will summarise the following:
• Testimony, credibility and value all 37 witnesses who testified during the trial.
• References to authoritative case-law made, comparing legal principles of Oscar’s case with similar principles clear in other criminal cases.
• Principles raised by the defence during the trial such as the reasonable person with a disability test.
• Principles raised by expert witnesses on behalf of Oscar Pistorius.
Should Masipa conclude that the state failed to prove that Pistorius murdered Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar would be guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide. This is the negligent unlawful killing of another person. If Masipa finds that Oscar’s version reasonably possibly true, Oscar will be acquitted and a free man.
If found guilty of premeditated murder, murder or culpable homicide, sentencing is expected to be postponed for at least a month. This allows the defence to prepare its mitigation of sentence and the state to prepare its aggravation of sentence.

Version of events, the State vs Oscar Pistorius.


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