Oscar Pistorius guilty of Reeva Steenkamp's murder: South African court

A murder conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015, 15:33 PM IST
Oscar Pistorius guilty of Reeva Steenkamp's murder: South African court

New Delhi: The South Africa's Supreme Court convicted Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius on Thursday of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, overturning a previous culpable murder conviction.

The Court of Appeal heard arguments from the prosecutor to scale-up the track star's conviction for killing his girlfriend from manslaughter to murder.

A murder conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Last year, a judge gave the disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist a five-year jail sentence for "culpable homicide" of Reeva Steenkamp, but prosecutors said he should be convicted of murder for firing four shots through a locked toilet door.

The athlete had left jail on parole in October and was meant to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest, but the Supreme Court of Appeals could now overrule the original verdict and find him guilty of murder or order a retrial.

(With Agency inputs)