Oscar Pistorius Verdict Changed To Murder

Oscar Pistorius Verdict Changed To Murder

Oscar Pistorius faces a return to prison after South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his initial manslaughter conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp should be changed to murder.Pistorius was handed a five-year jail term last October for the "culpable homicide" of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing shots through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day 2013.

The Paralympic gold medallist, who said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder, was released and put under house arrest this October, having served a fifth of his sentence.

However, prosecutors said Pistorius should have been charged with murder “arguing the application of the law in his trial was not correct - and the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in their favour on Thursday.

"People must be convicted of the crimes they have committed and not of lesser offences," Justice Eric Leach said.

"[A retrial would be] wholly impractical and not in the public interest.

"I have no doubt the accused must have foreseen, and therefore did foresee, that whoever was behind the door might die, but reconciled himself to that even occurring and gambled with that person's life. The identity of his victim irrelevant to his guilt....

"In the interest of justice the conviction and the sentence imposed must be set aside and the conviction substituted with a conviction of the correct offence," the judge added.

 

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