8 December 2015 - Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder
Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder, faces at least 15 years in prison
Justin Wm. Moyer (The Washington Post, 03/12/2015)
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has overturned Oscar Pistorius’s conviction for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — and found him guilty of the more serious crime of murder.
The former Olympian, known as “Blade Runner” for his artificial legs, will now have to go back to court for resentencing for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
He could be returned to prison for at least 15 years. The decision followed the prosecution’s appeal of the lesser verdict against Pistorius after his long trial last year.
Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times, 03/12/2015)
But despite the pathos of a story that captured global attention, the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned Pistorius’ acquittal on murder charges, probably assuring that he will serve a hefty prison term.
The trial judge last year convicted Pistorius of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the death of Reeva Steenkamp. He was sentenced to five years in prison and nearly two months ago was released from prison to house arrest.
Tom Peck (The Independent, 03/12/2015)
It took Judge Eric Leach 53 minutes to read out his ruling that, for Oscar Pistorius, changed everything.
South Africa’s Supreme Court had not been asked to decide if he knew it was Reeva Steenkamp behind the door when he fired the fatal shots.
Only that, given he knew someone was behind the door, and he fired four bullets into a tiny room, should he have foreseen that his actions would have killed whoever was in there?
They decided unanimously. Yes, he did. And that is murder.
Simon Allison (The Guardian, 04/12/2015)
Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June has called the murder verdict handed to Oscar Pistorius a sign of respect for her daughter and said she forgives him.
In her first comments since the appeal court ruling on Thursday, she said: “Now we’ve seen that the justice system works. It’s about respect for my daughter, how wonderful she was, how clever she was, all that was taken away from her.”.
Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Originally convicted of culpable homicide, the South African equivalent of manslaughter, the supreme court of appeal said the Paralympian was guilty of murder.
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