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Defence Lawyer William Booth speaks about the Oscar Trial – VIDEO


Danie Rossouw from Attorneys West and Rossouw spoke to well-known Cape Town defence attorney William Booth about his prediction of the Oscar Pistorius trial verdict.

Booth explains that Pistorius is unlikely to get away without a sentence, but Judge Thokozile Masipa still has four options to consider.

Pistorius has admitted to killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but has insisted that he mistook her for an intruder. He shot her through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year. Booth believes that Oscar is unlikely to receive a verdict of premeditated murder, but that there is a strong case for a murder charge based on the evidence delivered by neighbours.

Even if the judge accepts his version of the events he can still be found guilty of murder due to the fact that the four shots fired through a locked bathroom door go well beyond what is considered reasonable and rightful in terms of the right to self-defence. Since South Africa doesn’t have jury trials, it’s up to Judge Thokozile Masipa to deliver the verdict on September 11th.

The circumstances lead to four possible outcomes for Masipa to choose from:

–  He believed indeed that there was an intruder and his actions were reasonable: He is not guilty and will be acquitted.

– He believed indeed that there was an intruder but his actions were not reasonable: He is guilty of culpable homicide and can get up to 15 years imprisonment.

– He lied about believing that there was an intruder and the shooting was premeditated: He is guilty of premeditated murder and faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

– He lied about believing that there was an intruder but the shooting was not premeditated: He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison for non-premeditated murder.

Click HERE to watch the video.