Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Athlete cleared of premeditated murder, but guilty of killing Reeva Steenkamp
ByAhlan! Live ReporterFriday , 12 September 2014
Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide
Oscar Pistorius is guilty of killing Reeva Steenkamp

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is facing a possible jail sentence after he was found guilty of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The athlete shot the model four times in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentine's Day last year, claiming he thought she was an intruder.

Pistorius was cleared of murder charges yesterday, as judge Thokozile Masipa ruled there was not enough evidence to prove he deliberately gunned down Steenkamp in a planned attack.

However, today (Friday,12 September), the judge ruled Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, branding his use of a gun "negligent". Pistorius was also found guilty of a separate charge of illegally discharging a firearm in a restaurant, with Judge Masipa accusing Pistorius of a "reckless disregard for safety of the patrons" during the incident.

The athlete was cleared of two other firearms charges, one of firing a gun out of a car sunroof and one of illegally possessing ammunition.

He was freed on bail following his conviction and is due to be sentenced on 13 October.

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