Oscar Pistorius verdict changed to murder

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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be re-sentenced for murder after an earlier manslaughter verdict was overturned by a South African appeals court.

This is according to BBC News, who understand that South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that a lower court “did not correctly apply” the rule of dolus eventualis - that Pistorius knew a death would be likely as a result of his actions.

Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable homicide, back in September 2014, after the judge ruled that the South African killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake. However, that verdict has now been changed - and the 29-year-old now faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, according to Sky Sports.


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Pistorius is currently under house arrest after spending just one of his original five-year sentence in jail.

But it’s now almost certain that he will be handed a lengthy prison sentence following this latest turn of events.

An event that stunned the world

The shooting happened in February 2013 and it made headlines around the world.

Pistorius was a successful and hugely popular athlete, known as the “Blade Runner” because of his artificial limbs he used to compete on the track against disabled and able-bodied athletes.

But his legacy has been completely overshadowed by this incident.

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