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Pistorius Judge Under Police Protection After Verdict

Simon Tomlinson | MAILONLINE   in 
September 18, 2014

The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has been placed under police protection after her decision to acquit the athlete murder sparked anger around the world.
Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of Judge Thokozile Masipa which they say could amount to racism and contempt of court.

Judge Masipa, one of the first black female judges in South Africa, last week found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.

Some South Africans said they were surprised and even shocked when she ruled last week that the Paralympic champion was negligent but did not intend to kill when he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a closed toilet door.

Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in his house.

Prosecutors alleged he intentionally killed Steenkamp after an argument.


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