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Oscar Pistorius

Verdict due Friday

11 Sep, 2014

Judge Masipa adjourns the hearing in the Pretoria high court until Friday, delaying her final verdict by a day. After ruling Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder and murder without premeditation, the next most serious charge he faces is culpable homicide (manslaughter). Prior to the adjournment she says that a ‘reasonable person’ would have foreseen that the person inside the locked toilet cubicle – which the defence says Pistorius believed was an intruder – would have been killed by firing through the door:

[Pistorius acted] too hastily and used excessive force … It is clear his conduct was negligent.