South African paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, has now been found guilty of murder by a Judge in South Africa which means his earlier conviction for manslaughter has now been overturned. The Judge Eric Leach said the athlete must have foreseen the consequences of his action when he fired four shots through the door.
An appeal court today decided that the original verdict was “flawed,” and he will now be re-sentenced by the court with a possibility of facing up to 15 years in jail. He does still has the option of appealing against the verdict.
However his family, have reacted to the ruling with a brief statement indicating that they will appeal against the ruling through their spokesperson, Anneliese Burgess:
“We have taken note of the judgement that has just been handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The legal team will study the finding and we will be guided by them in terms of options going forward. We will not be commenting any further at this stage.”
Oscar Pistorius was charged to court in 2013 after it was revealed that he fatally shot and killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steemkamp, on the assumption that she was an intruder (according to him). He was convicted of manslaughter at the time and was placed on house arrest after serving just one year of his five year jail term.