Jean-Jacques Cornish

State says they’ve made murder case against Pistoriuscar

Prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius Murder trial says even if the court accepts the paralympian’s defence that he shot his lover Reeva Steenkamp because he mistook her for an intruder, he should still be found guilty of murder.

Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux continues his closing argument today (Friday) accusing the state of purposefully ignoring important facts to incriminate Pistorius.

Following a month-long break, South Africa’s highest profile trial has reached its finale with prosecutor Gerrie Nel summing up his argument insisting the state’s made a strong enough case in the 40-day proceedings to warrant Oscar Pistorius being convicted of premeditated murder.

The athlete’s accused of killing his cover-girl lover Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year.

He says his shooting her was a tragic mistake.

The State maintains he killed her after an argument.

Nel calls Pistorius a deceitful witness who put up two contradictory defences, neither of which is acceptable.

He maintain Judge Thokozile Masipa should find the accused guilty of murder – even if she cannot agree that he planned the killing.

Roux says the court must measure the testimony of state witnesses against objective facts.

The State hasn’t tried to reconcile two sets of sounds emanated from Pistorius’s house, he says, on the morning of the shooting because this would damage its case.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.