"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide for shooting his lover Reeva Steenkamp, but walked free on bail ahead of what could still be a stiff prison sentence.

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Saturday 13 Sep 2014
Olympian Oscar Pistorius could face a lengthy jail term after being found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But if he has finished serving his sentence before the next Paralympics, the International...
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide for shooting his lover Reeva Steenkamp, but walked free on bail ahead of what could still be a stiff prison sentence.South African Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Pistorius of...
Friday 12 Sep 2014
Olympian Oscar Pistorius could face a lengthy jail term after being found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide and faced a potential lengthy jail term for shooting dead his glamorous girlfriend, in a case that shattered the Paralympian hero's glittering career.Pistorius was acquitted of a more...
A verdict in the high profile murder trial of sports star Oscar Pistorius was set for September 11, after lawyers wrapped up five months of drama-filled proceedings on August 8.
Eighteen months after Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, the star's fate now lies in the hands of South African Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty and maintains the shooting was...

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a shock decision that left the South African celebrity athlete sobbing with emotion in the dock.

The high-profile trial has been adjourned until Friday when the 27-year-old Paralympian will hear whether he has been found guilty of culpable homicide, a lesser charge roughly equivalent to manslaughter.

"The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Judge Thokozile Masipa told the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

"Viewed in its totality the evidence failed to establish that the accused had the requisite intention to kill the deceased let alone with premeditation," she said.

The double amputee could still face anything from a suspended sentence to a lengthy prison stretch if found guilty of culpable homicide. Or he could be acquitted altogether.

Masipa's introductory comments on the lesser count appeared to lean towards a guilty ruling.

"I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force. In the circumstances, it is clear that his conduct was negligent," she said before adjourning the trial.

When he heard the judge clear him of murder, the Paralympian sprinter sat in the dock bowed and burying his head in his hands.

His sister Aimee rushed from the first row of the public gallery to hug her older brother, who was wiping tears from his eyes with a handkerchief.

The victim's parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, left the courtroom with stony faces.

When asked if this is good news for Pistorius, his Aunt Lois replied, "It's not the end you know, we're still listening."

Legal experts voiced shock after he was found not guilty of murder, and predicted the case that has gripped South Africans for a year would not rest with the verdict.

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Thursday 11 Sep 2014
The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has found him not guilty of premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius is sitting in the dock as judgment begins over the death of his glamorous lover Reeva Steenkamp, with the athlete facing a possible life sentence if found guilty of murder.
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