Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.
South Africa’s supreme court of appeal has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, overturning a previous conviction for culpable homicide.
The court has ordered the original trial judge in Pretoria to impose a harsher sentence. No date has been set for this hearing.
He killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting her four times through a locked toilet door.
The Paralympic gold medalist was released into house arrest in October, having served one-fifth of his original five-year term, and has been performing court-mandated community service.
Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder.
The Pistorius family put out a brief statement: “We have taken note of the judgment that has just been handed down by the supreme court of appeal. The legal team will study the finding and we will be guided by them in terms of options going forward. We will not be commenting any further at this stage.”
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 is 15 years but judges can apply some discretion.