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Oscar Pistorius judgment 'crucially important' for SA law

The State argued that Judge Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principle of dolus eventualis.

FILE: Judge Thokozile Masipa reads her judgement during sentencing of Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Today's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in the Oscar Pistorius case has been described as "crucially important" for the criminal law and the law of evidence.

One of the main legal aspects expected to feature in today's much-anticipated judgment is "dolus eventualis" - the concept of foreseeing the consequences of one's actions.

The State appealed the conviction on the grounds that it believed Judge Thokozile Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principles to the facts - further saying she incorrectly applied the legal principle of dolus eventualis.

It has further argued that the judge didn't properly consider all the circumstantial evidence.

The athlete's defence team argued that Masipa got it right and that the appeal should be dismissed.

The State argued that Judge Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principle of dolus eventualis to the facts of the case.

State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that firing four shots through the locked toilet met the requirement for the murder conviction.

Defence advocate Barry Roux countered saying that Nel was attempting to introduce questions of law which were in fact questions of fact.

Pistorius will know his fate, as the Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to hand down its ruling on the State's appeal on his conviction.

Today's judgment will become binding on high courts and lower courts across the country.

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