What was the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial?

What was the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial?

The trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and several gun-related charges ( The State vs Oscar Pistorius) in the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria opened on 3 March 2014. On 11–12 September 2014, Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a verdict that Pistorius was not guilty of murder,…

Why did Oscar Pistorius shoot Reeva Steenkamp?

Pistorius acknowledged that he shot Steenkamp, but said that he mistook her for an intruder. Pistorius was taken into police custody and was formally charged with murder in a Pretoria court on 15 February 2013. The entire trial was broadcast live via audio and parts of the trial were also broadcast live via television.

What happened at Oscar Pistorius’ house?

After Steenkamp’s death, police confirmed that there had been prior calls about domestic incidents at Pistorius’ house, including in 2009 when he spent a night in jail for allegedly slamming the door on a 19-year-old woman’s leg during a party at his house after she refused to leave; an assault charge was eventually dropped.

Who is the judge in the Pistorius v South Africa case?

Pistorius was also facing a charge of illegal possession of ammunition and two charges of firing a gun in a public space. The trial was assigned to Judge Thokozile Masipa, who appointed two assessors, Janette Henzen du Toit and Themba Mazibuko, to help her evaluate the case and reach a verdict.

Who is Oscar Pistorius and what happened to Reeva Steenkamp?

Athlete Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. He was initially cleared of murder, with the judge at his trial in Pretoria accepting his defence that he thought there was an intruder.

What was Oscar Pistorius’ apology for Reeva’s murder?

Oscar Pistorius took the stand on 7 April 2014 and began with an emotional apology: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Mrs and Mr Steenkamp, to Reeva’s family, to those of you who knew her who are here today… there hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family.

Why did Oscar Pistorius wake up on his stumps?

At the trial, the defence said that Pistorius woke up because of the heat and humidity. Steenkamp was already awake and asked him if he was having trouble sleeping. Walking around on his stumps, Pistorius opened the balcony door and brought in a fan in to try and cool the room down.