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Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide; awaits sentencing

Friday, 12 Sep, 2014 - 01:26

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius is convicted of culpable homicide, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and is now facing a battle to avoid going to prison. Mana Rabiee reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) JUDGE, THOKOZILE MASIPA, SAYING: "Mr. Pistorius, please stand up." Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter, for the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUDGE, THOKOZILE MASIPA, SAYING: "Having regard to the totality of this evidence in this matter the unanimous decision of this court is the following...; One, one count one, murder ....the accused is found not guilty and is discharged. Instead, he's found guilty of culpable homicide." In making her final ruling, Judge Thokozila Masipa said the track star and double amputee was negligent when he fired four shots through a closed bathroom door, almost instantly killing Reeva Steenkamp who was standing just behind it. The defense had said Pistorius mistook Steenkamp for a middle-of-the-night intruder and that the shooting was a tragic accident. Prosecutors say they're disappointed in the ruling but will wait for sentencing before deciding whether or not to appeal. Pistorius' uncle told reporters the family was always certain of his his innocense. SOUNDBITE: ARNOLD PISTORIUS, UNCLE, SAYING: "That's a big burden of our shoulders and Oscar's. We always knew the facts of the matter, and we had never any doubt of Oscar's version of this tragic incident." The 27-year-old double amputee overcame his handicap to become one of the biggest names in sports. But Pistorius' next battle will be to avoid going to prison, where he faces up to 15 years for the guilty verdict.

Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide; awaits sentencing

Friday, 12 Sep, 2014 - 01:26

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