Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide. He is a South African sprint runner, although he has no legs below the new he still competed in events. He is also a Paralympics champion, the Paralympian was reportedly deemed this which is by British law is related to manslaughter of his girlfriend twenty nine year old Reeva Steenkamp, she was found dead last year in his home shot in the head. Just this morning, September 12, 20 the verdict came in during court in Pretoria, South Africa, by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who requested the twenty seven year old Pistorius to stand while the verdict was read.
She said it was a unanimous decision of the court that he was not guilty of murder but guilty of culpable homicide, saying: “Evidential material before this court show however that the accused acted negligently.”
Afterwards, the Paralympian was told he could sit down and his eyes remained affixed to the judge.
The judge also stated Pistorius is guilty of count three, discharging a firearm in public, which occurred in a restaurant in 2013, but she dismissed count two, discharging a firearm in public, saying it does not stand.
While there is no prescribed sentence for culpable homicide in South African law, it is being reported he could face anything from a fine to a lengthy prison sentence.
This followed the judges decision of not guilty cf murder yesterday, September 11, 2014.
Speaking about the culpable homicide charge in court yesterday, Judge Masipa said:
“He acted too hastily and used excessive force. In the circumstance, it is clear that his conduct was negligent.”
In her summing up on Thursday, the judge rejected the charge of premeditated and second degree murder against the sportsman.
“In the present case the accused is the only person who can say what his state of mind was when he fired the shots that killed the deceased.
“How could the accused have reasonably foreseen the shot he fired would have killed the deceased? Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this, that he would have killed the person behind the door, let alone the deceased.”