The South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder last Thursday. Initially, the famous sprinter, who is nicknamed Bladerunner because of the metal prosthetic legs he runs on, was found not guilty in a previous lower court trial. However, prosecutors appealed the ruling and have now secured a murder conviction relating to the killing of Pistorius' girlfriend on Valentine's Day in 2013.
Pistorius Ordered to Report to Court for Arrest
Following the conviction, prosecutors issued a warrant for the athlete's arrest, saying he must report to court "as a matter of extreme urgency." After Pistorius turns himself in, the judge will decide whether or not he will be held on bail. Then, attorneys will provide Pistorius with advice about his current legal options.
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the previous lower court's conviction of manslaughter. Pistorius had already served a year of his five-year jail sentence for the manslaughter conviction. Then, he was placed under house arrest and permitted to live at his uncle's home located in Pretoria last October. With the latest murder conviction, Pistorius could be sentenced to spend a very long time in prison.
The incident surrounding this murder case happened in 2013, on Valentine's day. Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through the locked bathroom door at his home. According to prosecutors, Pistorius murdered her because they were having an argument. However, Pistorius defended himself by saying that it was a mistake and he thought he was shooting a home intruder.
Judge Said Pistorius Should Have Known Someone Could Die
According to South Africa's Supreme Court Justice Lorimer Eric Leach, it does not matter who Pistorius believed was locked inside his bathroom. The judge ruled that given the circumstances he was aware that the person behind the door could be killed when he fired his weapon. According to South African law, a murder conviction can occur if the alleged murderer saw the possibility that someone could die through his or her actions.
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