Oscar Pistorius

Not guilty of premeditated murder

11 Sep, 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa¬†rules Pistorius is not guilty of premeditated murder in the Pretoria high court hearing over the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp. The ruling comes after a lengthy reading of the evidence supporting the verdict. Pistorius had faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty, with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years. With the court still in session, he can still be found guilty of murder, or of other charges relating to firearm possession. In her ruling Judge Masipa says the evidence for premeditated murder was ‘purely circumstantial.’

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