Friday, 12 September 2014

Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty Of Manslaughter

Convicted: Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock as the judge finds him guilty of manslaughter over the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp 

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of (manslaughter) culpable homicide after the judge found he killed his girlfriend by mistake. Culpable homicide - the South African equivalent of manslaughter carries up to 15 years in prison but has no minimum sentence and could see him given a suspended term.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the athlete acted "negligently" when he fired shots through a toilet door but in the "belief that there was an intruder".

She said the state had failed to prove he intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

He was also found guilty on a charge of negligently handling a firearm that went off in a restaurant. There was not much emotion in court because everyone knew that verdict was coming, our correspondent.

It leaves the disgraced sprinter facing a jail sentence of up to 15 years, although legal experts suggest seven to 10 years is more likely when sentence is passed in a couple of weeks.

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