Judge Thokozile Masipa has begun outlining the events of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, preceding her comments by saying the circumstances did not make the crime any less serious.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp when he fired a gun four times at a closed bathroom door, which she was behind.
He has always denied deliberately shooting Steenkamp, maintaining during his trial that he opened fire because he believed an intruder had broken into his home.
"The fact that the accused thought it was an intruder does not make it any less serious," Judge Masipa said.
#OscarPistorius Judge Masipa; can't ignore perception that OP and Reeva had row, but there's 'not a shred of evidence' to support that.
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