Oscar Pistorius Guilty Of Murder As Appeals Court Overturns Previous Verdict
Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder by South Africa’s supreme court of appeal – overturning a previous verdict of culpable homicide or manslaughter.
The Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her three times through a bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder.
In a unanimous decision, the court found that High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa made errors in law, when convicting the former athlete of culpable homicide.
It has also criticised Masipa for ignoring crucial evidence.
Judge Eric Leach read out a summary of the judgment a short while ago, saying the High Court ignored certain circumstantial evidence.
“The failure to take into account must be regarded as an error of law. Consequently, the first two questions reserved for decision must be answered in favour of the prosecution, to the extent that I have indicated.”