JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s Supreme Court docket convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder on Thursday, overturning the manslaughter verdict the double-amputee monitor star gained final year for taking pictures his girlfriend to death by way of a locked bathroom doorway.
Decide Lorimer Eric Leach mentioned from the court’s chambers in Bloemfontein that Mr. Pistorius bore accountability for the 4 pictures he fired from his high-caliber pistol, no subject whether he was firing at his girlfriend or the intruder he states he imagined had entered his residence on Valentine’s Working day in 2013.
“I have no doubt that in firing the deadly shots the accused have to have foreseen that whoever was powering the rest room door might die,” Mr. Leach said. He said the circumstance would be sent again to Pretoria’s Higher Court for sentencing. There, Decide Thokozile Masipa, who issued the manslaughter verdict final yr, will make a decision no matter whether to sentence Mr. Pistorius to a lengthy spell in jail.
Mr. Pistorius was released to residence arrest in October following serving a fifth of the 5-yr sentence that arrived with his manslaughter conviction, a standard apply in South Africa.
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