Oscar Pistorius, a popular South African para-athlete, who alleged shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been convicted for murder On Thursday (3rd December, 2015).
Pistorius was earlier tried and acquitted for murder and convicted for manslaughter. And not satisfied with the judgement, the prosecutor appealed to the South Africa’s Supreme Court.
The supreme court of appeal found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder, marking another dramatic day in a case that has gripped the world from the moment news first broke of Reeva Steenkamp’s death.
Pistorius’s sentence will now be revised at the Pretoria high court, although no dates for this have been announced, and the Olympic and Paralympic athlete is expected to return to jail.
The ruling comes just weeks after Oscar Pistorius was released from prison into the relative luxury of correctional supervision at his uncle Arnold’s home in Pretoria.
Parents of Reeva Steenkamp his late girlfriend, applauded the judgement and claimed that their daughter’s death has been avenged by the law.
Thursday’s ruling was welcomed by the African National Congress Women’s League, who have been vocal critics of Pistorius and strong supporters of the Steenkamp family.
We are happy with what the judges decided today. We want to say to men out there, let the killings of women stop.
Pistorius awaits the sentence for his new conviction. It was gathered that a murder conviction carries up to 15 years imprisonment.