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D-day for Oscar Pistorius as SCA hands down judgement

DECEMBER 3, 2015
D-day for Oscar Pistorius as SCA hands down judgement

The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to hand down its judgment on Thursday on whether Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction will be overturned and replaced with murder.

Judgment was expected to be handed down at 09:45.

Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp when he fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013. He told the court he mistook her for an intruder.

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.

The 29-year-old was released from jail on October 19 after serving a year in prison and is under house arrest at his uncle's home in Pretoria.


Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sca-to-hand-down-judgment-on-oscar-20151203