Three years after Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and later stating he mistook her for an intruder, South Africa’s Supreme Court has convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder for the killing of his girlfriend in February 2013, overturning a previous culpable murder conviction.
The Court of Appeal heard arguments from the prosecutor to scale-up the track star’s conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp from manslaughter to murder.
“He fired four shots through the door and he never offered an acceptable explanation… he fired not one, but four shots… that is exactly what the accused did,” said Justice Eric Leach.
“I have no doubt that in firing the fatal shots, the accused… did foresee that whoever was behind that toilet door might die.”
The former Paralympian faces at least 15 years in jail for murder.
The Paralympic gold medallist was released on parole in October after serving a fifth of his five-year prison term for the “culpable homicide” of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing four shots through a locked toilet door on Valentine’s Day 2013. He turned 29 years in November.
source: abc.net.au ; mg.co.za