South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, guilty of culpable homicide

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South African Paralympian gold medallist, Oscar Pictorius, has been found guilty of culpable homicide after Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted his claim of killing girlfriend Reeva Steekamp by mistake.

Pistorius was also found guilty of negligently handling a firearm that went off in a restaurant in a separate incident.

The judge had on Thursday cleared Pistorius of murder, the most serious of four charges he faced in a trial lasting months.

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

Steenkamp was shot dead by Pistorius at his Pretoria home on the eve of the 2013 Valentine’s Day. The athlete maintains the shooting was in error as he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The state accused Pistorius of lying and pressed for his conviction for murder.

Judge Masipa ruled Thursday that there is no evidence supporting premeditated murder, but said there could be grounds for culpable homicide.

In her ruling Friday, she said Pistorius acted “negligently” when he fired shots through a toilet door in the “belief that there was an intruder”.

Culpable homicide means there was no intention to kill a person, but the actions were negligent.

“The accused acted too hastily and used excessive force,” she said. “It is clear that his conduct was negligent.”

He has however not been sentenced. But the sentence for culpable homicide is a maximum of 15 years in jail although experts believe seven to 10 years is more likely.

The firearms verdict also attracts several years in jail.


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  • Nkem Nkem

    I still pity d physically challenge athlete.

  • Biodun Are

    This is early dispensation of justice unlike here in 9ja.

  • Ahmed Arsenal Abubakar

    I see foul play here, why did d authority not charge him to court for d firearms verdict until his murder case???

  • 9jaIsFinished

    It is a known fact that the South African justice system is currupt and a joke. How can she sit on her ass and say he only acted negligently by firing several times in the “belief there was an intruder”. That is an insult to Reever’s family because , with her scream after the first shot, he should have known she was the one inside the toilet. Secondly, which sensible and sane man would not first check the bed to ensure the girl is on the bed before making such move. The verdict was obvious and came as no surprise. I guess thats why they used a black female judge. Going back to the case of Henry Okah, thr state presented nothing but fabricated evidence with highly unreliable witnesses and even a forged letter purportedly from MEND, threatening the South African government, which MEND disclaimed and we all know the outcome. In his case, it was very obvious that the judge was heavily bribed by the Nigerian government and was just playing their drafted script just like this judge Thokozile did. What a disgrace!!

  • Maria

    Can any good thing come out of africa?

  • colinas

    Oscar Pistorious is a hyena-look-alike monster murderer who in an execution style murdered an innocent beautiful Reeva.

    If you think that someone is trying to break into your house at night, what does one do? Well, the logical thing is to alert your wife, girl friend or whoever is in the house with you and mount an attack on the intruder. That is what every rational human being will do. No, the hyena-look-alike monster Oscar Pistorium did not do that. The girl friend ran to the bathroom – probably due to argument at night and he chased her to the bathroom and murdered her in cold blood.

    This hyena-look-alike monster of Oscar Pistoria, your conscience will judge you for the rest of your life.

  • Azu

    Dear Mr. Olurunfemi:
    I was with you when you advocated for the need of strong visionary leaders. But you lost me with your questioning of the need for economists (for the purposes of full disclosure, I am one). For me, yes, there are good and bad economic advisors, similar to other professions. However, there are even worse leaders. No body of economic policies works in a vacuum. If a country does not have the discipline or interest in implementing it’s agreed upon economic agenda, no Nobel laureate economist can help it.

    To run away from economic planning is to run away from reality. It is is an impossibility, actually, to say that you do not need to follow the principles of economics for the greater good of a country’s citizens and that all will be well by just electing a visionary leader. A visionary leader needs to be able to know what direction he/she needs to take the country, appoint the skilled advisors to design and implement the requisite policies provide them with the resources and ensure that a disciplined framework for implementation exists.

    That is what has happened for Dubai, Singapore, China, etc. Until we collectively also take responsibility for moving our country forward, instead of rent seeking and self enrichment, we will continue to point fingers and reach erroneous conclusions.