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Oscar Pistorius GUILTY of MURDERING Reeva Steenkamp

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Oscar Pistorius GUILTY of MURDERING Reeva Steenkamp

NEWISSUES, Abuja

OSCAR Pistorius murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a court has ruled, overturning his conviction for manslaughter.

South Africa’s Supreme Court was asked to upgrade his conviction from manslaughter to murder amid claims that he must have known what he was doing.

The 29-year-old Paralympian was through a toilet door in his home early on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Prosecutors said Pistorius shot his girlfriend during an argument, while the defense said the athlete killed her by mistake, thinking she was an intruder.

Murder carries a prison sentence of at least 15 years in South Africa, whereas the offence Pistorius was convicted of carries no minimum sentence.

The gold medal winner was sentenced to five years in jail last year,  at Pretoria Central Prison before being put under house arrest.

It is understood that he will spend remain under lock and key at home over Christmas, before being re-sentenced in the new year.

Oscar Pistorius weeps in courtGETTY

MURDERER: Oscar Pistorius weeps in court

Reeva Steenkamp was murdered, a court ruledGETTY

VICTIM: Reeva Steenkamp was murdered, a court ruled

Court chiefs in the city of Bloemfontein were asked to revisit his conviction after prosecutors said the judge at Pistorius’ trial made errors in acquitting him of murder.

Judge Lorimer Leach’s decision depended on the legal concept of ‘dolus eventualis’ – whether someone foresaw that their actions could kill but pressed on anyway.

He told the court that “the principles of dolus eventualis were incorrectly applied” in his trial before asking “what should this court do in light of this finding?”

The judge ruled out a retrial and said it would be wrong to take no action, before bumping up the athlete’s conviction from manslaughter to murder.

“He must have foreseen that whoever was behind the toilet door might die but reconciled himself to that event occurring,” he said.

And he branded the killing “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions” as he handed down his verdict.

June Steenkamp is comforted by friends in courtSKY

JUSTICE: June Steenkamp is comforted by friends in court

But even now the case isn’t necessarily closed, with legal experts saying Pistorius could still appeal in the constitutional court, if he wanted to.

The court, which has the power to overturn today’s ruling, could intervene if the killer appeals that his human rights have been infringed, for example.

Reeva’s mother June was heard to breathe a sigh of relief as the judge gave his verdict and was comforted by friends in court.

June, who left clutching a single red rose, has spoken of the injustice of the initial trial – but said she .

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