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Pistorius CLEARED of murder – but his life still hangs in the balance

Image from News24

Image from News24

 

The verdict on Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will have to wait another day as Judge Masipa adjourned court at approximately 14:30.

A shaking Pistorius listened as Masipa cleared him of intentionally killing his girlfriend – premeditated or otherwise.

However, Masipa labelled Pistorius an ‘evasive’ witness and the former track star is not yet off the hook. Tomorrow he returns to court to learn whether he’ll be handed a charge of culpable homicide (similar to manslaughter), which carries a sentence of 15 years.

In the meantime, several legal commentators have expressed surprise at Judge Masipa’s decision to acquit Pistorius of murder. Criminal lawyer Martin Hood was “shocked” at the ruling and said that, amongst his peers, many believed Pistorius was “guilty of murder”.

A visibly distraught Pistorius will take solace in the knowledge that he isn’t guilty of murder in the eyes of the law and has escaped a life sentence behind bars, but he’ll endure a sleepless night before his fate is decided in court tomorrow.