Pistorius found guilty of murder following appeal

Pistorius found guilty of murder following appeal

South Africa’s “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in an appeal court ruling that could see him sent back to prison for at least 15 years.

The Supreme Court upgraded the 29-year-old Paralympian’s sentence on appeal to murder from “culpable homicide,” South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence.

In their appeal, prosecutors argued that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder for firing four shots through a locked toilet door. They said he intended to kill Steenkamp and that she had fled to the toilet during a row.

“This case involves a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” Judge Eric Leach said as he read out the ruling.

“As a matter of common sense, at the time the fatal shots were fired the possibility of the death of a person behind the door was clearly an obvious result.”

Pistorius denies deliberately killing Ms Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder at his home.

He was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Oct. 19, having spent one day less than a year behind bars.

A new sentence for the Paralympic champion will be handed down at a later date. Pistorius is expected to remain on parole until then, unless a court rules otherwise, officials said.

He had been meant to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest on his uncle’s property in a wealthy suburb of the capital Pretoria.

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