Sports Oscar Pistorious Found Guilty Of Murder; Set For 15-Year Jail Term

Six-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of killing his late girl friend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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The South African blade-athlete, who has been under house arrest since October 2015- one year after he was jailed for the above crime now risks another jail term of at least 15 years, depending on the judge's discretion.

Pistorious was initially jailed for manslaughter but a South African appeals court overturned the verdict after providing convincing evidence to the court.

Pistorius killed his girlfriend in February 2013 after shooting four times through a locked toilet door.

Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder.

Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby, made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012, running on prosthetic "blades".

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.

South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison. BBC
 
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