The murder made headlines round the world.
Oscar's excuse that it was a burglar made for even bigger headlines and discussions. Like Really! But as any lawyer knows when it comes to criminal law, it isn't about whether the excuse is tangible or not,it's if it creates reasonable doubt.
Now! A partial verdict came in yesterday for the charge of murder, and the Judge ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to prove that he killed her intentionally.
Now you see why they say the law is an ass?
He killed her. True! With his gun but despite all the dem say dem say, he did this and that evidence, The prosecution could not prove conclusively that he intended to kill her.
Never mind that the girl is dead oh.
Note how the word "reasonable" is couched before doubt.
Basically this means that not just any doubt, it must be reasonable.
What this basically means (especially in advanced Countries) is that in Criminal cases the kind of evidence determines the Verdict.
This can be frustrating for prosecutors, victims families and even we the public because we usually know (or think we know) that the accused person is guilty.
Only for the judge or Jury to discharge and acquit him (let's go with the male folk here hehehe).
Now we will all scream "Wayo""Bribery and Corruption" "Incompetent Judge" "Wicked Judge" etc.
But the thing is see, there is a law,usually written which the Judge has to adhere to.
And if the evidence on ground is only circumstantial, like for instance someone. not me oh says;
"I saw Tibsy near Kigbos's house running away with a knife " and later Kigbo reports that a woman who looked like Tibs tried to stab him, Tibsy might still be discharged because I ( ok na me) only saw her running away. I didn't see her stabbing him, and Kigbo is only sure that it is a woman,not 100% sure it was Tibsy.
(sorry Tibs,payback is a b***h).
So I hope you guys now understand a little better how the law works.
Conversely, if another lady is found with that same knife or a murder weapon (meanwhile she just picked it up),her DNA is found at Kigbos house (probably she cleans for him or is his girlfriend), and her computer shows that she googled how to stab a man in his heart (meanwhile she just watched a pyscho film and was curious) she might just be found guilty meanwhile she knows nothing about it.
I find it all fascinating sha. That legal manipulation and subtle machinations is why I love being a lawyer, and love being a criminal lawyer even more.
Oscar's defense team are also very brilliant to have managed to convince the judge that he wasn't guilty of murder despite the tide of public opinion against him.
The truth is its just a job for them.
Don't be surprised that they didn't even ask Oscar if he killed her.
What they want to know is how bad the evidence implicates him and how they can get him off.
Whether he killed her or not isn't material to them.
Pls don't shake head for us lawyers biko.
I feel sorry for Reeva's family. They must be so disappointed and angry.
|Her Family after he was found guilty|
To think that Oscar will get away with Murder is mind boggling.
At least he was found guilty of Culpable homicide, which in Nigeria is manslaughter.
|After the guilty verdict for culpable Homicide|
As for that his new girlfriend. She get liver oh. How does she even sleep with him in the same bed?
Me I will be scared he will shoot me and say he thought it was a cat.
So guess who just decided that she wants to have kids.
Our very own Tibsy. Can somebody join me in shouting HALLELUYAH. If you like gbeborun, and even if you don't like, go and read her post Here.
So guys! What do you think?
Law: Ass or assistance?
Lawyers: Good or evil?
Oscar: Guilty or not Guilty?
Tibsy: Stabbed or did not stab Kigbo. Hehehe.
Have a great weekend guys.
Photo Credits. Peter Hugo, New York Times Syndicate