Oscar Pistorius double-amputee Paralympian who shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a locked toilet door in his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, 2013, has been cleared of all murder charges.
Pistorius mistook his girlfriend for an intruder and accidentally fired shots that led to her fateful death.
As the judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her verdicts, the Paralympian sat in the dock shivering with tears running down his cheeks.
The Judge described Oscar as a ‘very poor’ and ‘evasive’ witness.
But did not necessarily mean she meant that the 27 year old is guilty in the case, she said that based entirely on circumstantial evidence.
‘The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of pre-meditated murder,’ Masipa told the Pretoria High Court.
‘There are just not enough facts to support such a finding.’
She then proceeded to say,
‘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.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has yet to decide on a lesser charge of manslaughter.
During the case, the judge dismissed a series of heated text messages between the couple which the prosecutors had presented as evidence claiming that they were in a volatile relationship.
Even if the athlete is cleared of deliberately murdering Ms Steenkamp, there is still a possibility that he could do some prison. The double-amputee Paralympian also faces three other unrelated charges two for firing a gun in a public space and one for illegally possessing ammunition.