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Published: 20:02 | 14/12/15

Pistorius guilty of murder


South Africa's Supreme Court have found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for a burglar in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, but was cleared of murder following a seven-month trial with Judge Thokozile Masipa finding him guilty of culpable homicide.

However, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the original trial judge did not correctly apply the rule of ‘dolus eventualis; with Justice Lorimer Leach arguing that Pistorius must have forseen what could happen when he fired his gun.

The paralympian was sentenced to five years in jail but he was released after just one year to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

The decision of the appeals court to overturn the original verdict means he will have to return to court to be re-sentenced for murder, which carries a minimum of 15 years in prison.

"Guilty of murder, with the accused having criminal intent. The matter is referred back to the trial court to consider an appropriate sentence," Justice Leach stated.

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