Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder

    Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder

    Dec 3, Cape Town: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.

    He killed Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting her four times through a locked toilet door. He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail, media reports said.

    Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he thought she was an intruder.

    Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder. No date has been set for this hearing. The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years in prison.

    South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.

    South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison, reports the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

    The Oslo Times