Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide after the judge found he killed his girlfriend by mistake.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the athlete acted "negligently" when he fired shots through a toilet door, but in the "belief that there was an intruder".

She said the state had failed to prove he intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge allowed Pistorius to remain on bail ahead of sentencing which is to take place on 13 October.

Arnold Pistorius, the athlete's uncle, said the family was "deeply grateful" to the judge for finding him not guilty of murder and that a "big burden" had been lifted.

"There are no victors in this," he added. "We as a family remain deeply affected by the devastating, tragic event... It won't bring Reeva back but our hearts still go out for her family and friends."

Comments (6)

The guy killed Reeva intentionally, I personally think Masipa was paid not to convict the murderer.

eddie - 12 September 2014

i personally urge us as the people who are emotional and political maybe also physically driven, that when we judge lets judge out of facts not the above. i find it so profound that the judge came out with such a conclusion to the matter. thats what great judges do. its not about presenting what people think but its about presenting the law and facts according to the constitutional acts. Judge Masipa has solid grounds for her judging period.

Tiltman - 14 September 2014

i think he was just trying to cover up for his intentions you wake up find your girl not by your side and you shoot seriously you can clearly see he was trying to cover up something but it hurts to see great talents like him being put away but let the law take its cause

girlycee - 17 September 2014

I agree with you Tiltman.

hidza - 18 September 2014

@Titman---Oscar was shooting to kill. How can he do that when his girl wasn't by his side? The man is a homicidal maniac, and he should be plugged into the mains.

clearsightedcleo - 22 September 2014

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