Oscar Pistorius: GUILTY!

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Suzanne Robertson
Oscar Pistorius found guilty of "culpable homicide" - but not of murder.

Oscar Pistorius, a disabled track star also known as the "Blade Runner", was found guilty of culpable homicide after being acquitted of murder for killing his girlfriend. 

The high profile drama transfixed people worldwide. Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine's Day, 2013. His defense was that he believed an intruder had entered his home.
With a handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition, Oscar shot through a locked bathroom door, discovering that he had killed his girlfriend. The prosecution tried to prove that he intended to kill her, but Pistorious called her death an accident and a mistake.

The athlete, dressed in a dark suit, looked calm. This was different from the trial when he cried and threw up. The judge told Mr. Pistorius that he had acted negligently and the prosecution failed to bring “strong circumstantial evidence” to support its case of murder. 

Oscar Pistorius was born without fibula bones and both legs were amputated below the knee at age 11 months. He went on to compete on prostheses, inspiring the nickname Blade Runner, after the movie. 


Judge Masipa did not immediately pronounce a sentence but culpable homicide can lead to 15 years in prison. His sentencing hearing begins, on Oct. 13. 

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