Kevin Pietersen welcomes Oscar Pistorius murder conviction

Former England cricket captain Kevin Pieterseon has welcomed the paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has had his culpable homicide conviction upgraded to murder.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2015, 00:04 AM IST
Kevin Pietersen welcomes Oscar Pistorius murder conviction

New Delhi: Former England cricket captain Kevin Pieterseon has welcomed the paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has had his culpable homicide conviction upgraded to murder.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upgraded the 29-year-old athlete`s sentence to murder from "culpable homicide", South Africa`s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence.

The South-African born batsman wrote on Twitter:

Pieterseon had previously expressed his support for the Steenkamp family following the original ruling.

In October 2014, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide by the Pretoria High Court after he shot dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, whom he allegedly mistook for an intruder at his residence on Valentine's Day 2013.

And the paralympian was released from prison on October 19 this year after serving one year of his five-year term for killing Steenkamp and is currently under house arrest.

A murder conviction normally carries a minimum 15-year jail sentence.