Oscar Pistorius is shepherded through a throng of hundreds of journalists after exiting the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius spent hours in the dock listening to Judge Thokozile Masipa as she deliberated over the case in which Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
In a packed court room Masipa announced that Pistorius could not be found guilty of murder, but stopped short of announcing whether he would be found guilty of culpable homicide. He would have to wait another day to hear Masipa’s conclusion.
“The state didn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of pre-meditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding” says Judge Masipa.
While millions tuned in to watch the verdict live on television, hundreds more gathered outside the court in the hopes of glimpsing the Paralympic Gold Medallist as he made the dash to his car.
Among the throng were members of the ANC Woman’s League baying for a harsher punishment. Others cheered as he left, satisfied with the seeming outcome of the verdict.
Published in: Forbes Online