Oscar Pistorius

Guilty of manslaughter

12 Sep, 2014

Pistorius is found guilty of culpable homicide in the Pretoria high court. The verdict means that he could face a judgement ranging from a suspended sentence up to 15 years in a South African prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa says that he was negligent when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door in his house at what he believed was an intruder, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp:

A reasonable person, with a similar disability, would have foreseen that the person behind the door would be killed, and the accused failed to take action to avoid this.

Pistorius turns to his family after the verdict is read. Members of Steenkamp’s family comfort each other. Judge Masipa clarifies that although the state does not have to prove a motive for murder, there is no evidence in front of the court to say that Pistorius wanted to kill Steenkamp. He is acquitted of two unrelated charges of firing a firearm through a sunroof and of illegal possession of ammunition, but found guilty on a third of illegally discharging a firearm in a crowded restaurant in January 2013, weeks before Steenkamp’s death.

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