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  • Trial end approaches for Oscar Pistorius

    By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA  Published: Yesterday    FILE: In this Monday June 30, 2014 file photo Oscar Pistorius listens to his lawyer Barry Roux, left, in court in Pretoria, South Africa.Prosecutors and lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have one last chance to convince a South African judge when they present closing arguments this week in the murder trial of the once-celebrated athlete who fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a toilet cubicle door in his home. On...

  • Comment: What to expect during the Oscar Pistorius Trial

    It is important to understand that the prosecution team in the Oscar Pistorius ( Oscar’s)  trial bears the onus to prove Oscar’s guilt beyond any reasonable doubt.  As a result of bearing the onus the State will start by calling witnesses in order to lay the basis for a conviction on either premeditated murder or murder.  Before calling any witnesses the proceedings will start by the prosecution team putting all the charges to Oscar Pistorius so that he could plead to these charges.  It is...

  • Comment: Oscar Pistorius Trial

    It is quite clear from the numerous media reports and newspaper articles that the Oscar Pistorius trial has attracted attention never before seen in the South Africa legal system.  It is in our view important to comment on some of the legal issues raised during the bail hearing.  1. BAIL IS NOT A PUNISHMENT  People often forget that the bail proceedings have no penal nature to it and it is not the first attempt by the prosecution team to sentence a person or to score points in the public...