SCA to hand down Oscar Pistorius judgment on Thursday

DECEMBER 1, 2015

The Supreme Court of Appeal will rule on Thursday on whether Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction will be replaced with murder. Judgment was expected to be handed down at 09:45.

Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, later stating he mistook her for an intruder.

He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day.

The High Court in Pretoria found him guilty of culpable homicide and not murder.

High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that Pistorius could not have foreseen that “either the deceased or anyone else for that matter” might have been killed when he fired shots at the door.

The State appealed his conviction, arguing that Pistorius was guilty of murder with indirect intent.

Pistorius did not attend the one-day SCA hearing in Bloemfontein in November as he was under correctional supervision at his uncle’s Pretoria home.