Conviction changed

Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder not culpable homicide, appeals court rules

BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, Oscar Pistorius after he is sentenced at the Pretoria High Court on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, the South-African Paralympic athlete who shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times in 2013, saw his conviction changed from culpable homicide to murder by South Africa’s Supreme Court on Thursday. Pistorius claimed he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he shot her four times through a locked toilet door on Valentine’s Day 2013, but the Supreme Court judge ruled that he should have anticipated that he would kill whoever was behind that door, whether it was an intruder or not. While the prosecutors argued that the athlete had consciously killed Steenkamp after an argument, the judge said the identity of his victim was irrelevant to his guilt. Even though he genuinely believed his life was in danger, the judge stated, he should have behaved more rationally, instead of firing four times without a warning shot. Pistorius had been moved from prison to house detention in October to serve the remainder of his original five-year sentence, but could now be re-sentenced to up to 15 years — although it is still unclear whether he would return to jail to serve this sentence.

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