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Pistorius judge too sympathetic

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The judge in the Oscar Pistorius case explained that the prosecution did not present a strong enough case to prove premeditation. This may well be true. The judge, however, seemed too sympathetic with the accused, describing him as "a poor witness", which suggests he could've defended himself much better.

Yes, he was a poor witness, but this was because he didn't appear truthful, often contradicting himself. His body language also screamed guilt, the bawling, screams, vomiting, etc.

Some key elements in the case just didn't make sense. It is hard to imagine a couple, alone in a home together, and the girlfriend using the bathroom, especially late night, chose to lock the door. Armed with a cell phone, she must've feared something.

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It is also extremely odd that in the middle of the night, Pistorius would've had the time to reach for his gun under the bed, without first turning to his partner to check if she was awake, or ask if she heard anything or even suggesting that she call the police or property security. This didn't seem logical at all.

It appears that Pistorius will perhaps get a light sentence, a slap on the wrist, maybe some community service despite the maximum sentence being 15 years. It is certain the judge will consider his celebrity.

Some have asked, what if Pistorius were a black man? Would the outcome have been any different? There seems to be a separate justice system for the rich and famous in this world.

P. CHIN

chin_p@yahoo.com