Pistorius going to prison no matter what says legal expert

Pistorius going to prison no matter what says legal expert
Published: 2014 March 23 21:58:06 (9827 Views)
Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius' case have apparently done enough to put the South African sprinter behind bars whether he knew he was shooting his girlfriend or not, an expert has said.

Even if the double-amputee athlete convinces the judge in his case that he thought he was firing at an intruder, he could still receive as many as 10 years in prison for homicide, explained William Booth, a leading criminal defence lawyer from Cape Town.

Under South African law, shooting to kill is justified only in response to imminent danger, Booth said.

Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" for his blade-like prosthetic legs, is accused of shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door in his plush Pretoria home.

"The legal question is: Can you shoot four shots in those circumstances? Even if you think there is an intruder in your house ... where there is no imminent danger, you can't," Booth said.

"Oscar admits to shooting four shots through a closed door that led into a very small area, the toilet," Booth said.

"Four shots into the toilet, you have to be sure you're going to hit someone. You must know you're going to kill that person, if not by a direct hit then by a ricochet."

The evidence thus far.



* Three neighbours said they heard a woman scream before and during the sound of gunshots.

* A police ballistics expert said the first shot hit Steenkamp in the hip and caused her to collapse but didn't immediately kill her. The second shot missed, meaning she likely had time to yell out.

* The pathologist who did the autopsy said it would have been "abnormal" for Steenkamp to not scream.

Pistorius is hoping that incompetent police work and testimony by his own forensic and ballistics experts will bolster his case.

But Booth said cop mistakes won't save the sprinter.

"If they didn't find Oscar on the scene and had to link him via fingerprints ... There would be more case for an acquittal."

But Pistorius has admitted that he fired the deadly shots.

"What more do you need if you're a prosecutor?" Booth said.

Prosecutors said they will likely wrap up their case with "four or five more witnesses." 



Source - NYDN

 2

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit
Anonymous user 2014 March 25 12:52:57
4 shots is direct intention to kill
Anonymous user 2014 March 24 07:47:55
his love for guns say a lot,,,, the truth is like a timebomb, it will always find its way out.xxxxxx used to love this boy, xem.

News Big Reads

Bird Box finally unveils unknown monsters

by Metro | 2019 January 06 00:20:32 | 7083 Views

Man in critical condition after 'blowing himself up while trying to raid ATM'

by June Mpofu | 2018 December 11 19:39:39 | 16798 Views

Murder suspect pretending to be mute loses voice from underuse

by June Mpofu | 2018 December 11 19:39:46 | 12977 Views

Harrods accidentally sold £1,000 bags for less than £10

by June Mpofu | 2017 December 16 15:42:54 | 12769 Views

Rapper 'whips out' manhood on Instagram

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 31 08:36:03 | 14421 Views

Woman raped in the street as people walk past

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 27 22:04:42 | 15026 Views

Student who inhaled 360 laughing gas canisters in a week may never walk again

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 20 08:05:52 | 14767 Views

Poet tweets that she was raped by SA musician

by Hope Freedom | 2017 October 07 23:02:51 | 15325 Views

Dog bites off chunk of woman's face

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 23 09:04:56 | 14235 Views

Man jailed after tricking children into abusing young relatives

by Prince Cox | 2017 September 06 08:00:14 | 15566 Views

'I gave lift to a ghost' says taxi driver

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 04 18:39:39 | 30999 Views

Son 'stabbed mum to death and ate her heart with a side of chutney'

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 01 20:10:25 | 16220 Views

'Cannibal tired of eating human flesh' hands himself in

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 24 07:59:37 | 14602 Views

Man cut off pregnant girlfriend's nipples with a pair of scissors

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 20 10:24:38 | 15859 Views

Pregnant woman murdered in 'satanic ritual'

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 20 01:27:16 | 16783 Views

No diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe after 'splitting open model's head'

by Hope Freedom | 2017 August 15 08:30:38 | 19747 Views

8-year-old dies after cousin dares her to drink boiling water through straw

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 05 10:10:31 | 16593 Views

Girl, 14, was raped twice in one night by different men

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 29 17:06:36 | 16045 Views

Girl, 10, told she can't have abortion after being raped by uncle

by Hope Freedom | 2017 July 22 16:54:59 | 16637 Views

Obsessive woman chases police car helping boyfriend escape her

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 15 21:27:10 | 13475 Views

Man hijacked while peeing

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 08 10:46:55 | 19883 Views

Disabled woman tied to tractor and beaten to death by mob

by Hope Freedom | 2017 July 03 23:10:47 | 20767 Views

Man spends 5 years renovating boat, it sinks as soon as it goes on water

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 30 22:42:43 | 13471 Views

Woman paralysed after having sex

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 26 21:03:25 | 16040 Views

Woman cuts off boyfriend's privates 'after he refused to marry her'

by Prince Cox | 2017 June 24 20:36:31 | 20765 Views

Cancer patient charged with plotting to kill doctors

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 08 09:57:59 | 14382 Views

Former Premier League star dies after collapsing in training

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 05 18:08:44 | 20877 Views

Mugabe 'will decide who goes to heaven' says Zanu-PF youth leader

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 03 09:04:32 | 14621 Views

Daughter had sex with father to stop him from marrying fiancee

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 01 17:52:29 | 15815 Views

Man splits from wife who raped him as boy

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 31 11:53:24 | 18037 Views

Human head trial set to go ahead after delay

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 30 21:23:34 | 14433 Views

American girl, 11, forced to marry rapist

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 29 14:28:03 | 16525 Views

Fed up residents hold Mayor hostage

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 25 08:51:43 | 15242 Views

Homeless hero who pulled nails out of children's faces is given a home

by Prince Cox | 2017 May 24 20:11:55 | 15826 Views

Heartbroken wife dies after husband's mistress sent her indecent pictures

by Prince Cox | 2017 May 22 08:35:57 | 36568 Views

Father jailed after raping daughter for 20 years

by Hope Freedom | 2017 May 20 09:51:11 | 17975 Views

Driver miraculously unharmed after lorry completely crushes his BMW

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 20 09:59:37 | 14275 Views

Saddam Hussain arrested for pretending to be Osama Bin Laden

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 16 23:42:36 | 13797 Views

Student left with painful scars after tattoo removal goes wrong

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 15 20:45:37 | 17478 Views

Three people die of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 12 15:31:35 | 14622 Views

'Shoplifter' bleeds to death after falling on 'stolen' bottles

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 09 21:49:08 | 17701 Views

82 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 07 09:19:48 | 35229 Views

Woman arrested after biting love rival's privates

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 06 19:03:59 | 14003 Views