The culpable homicide verdict has been set aside as Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder. Oscar will now return to the Pretoria high court for a new sentence by Judge Masipa.
Oscar Pistorius, now guilty of murder, is currently out of prison under house arrest.
The appeal court made no mention of this and it appears unlikely that he will be returned to jail right away.
It is not clear when the high court in Pretoria will reconvene for the fresh sentencing on the murder conviction.
Most memorable quote of the day:
“This case involves a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions: a young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete; in doing so he becomes an international celebrity; he meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model; romance blossoms; and then‚ ironically on Valentine’s Day‚ all is destroyed when he takes her life.”
And from the BBC:
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but judges can apply some discretion.
South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison, reports the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.
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