The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of murder and not culpable homicide. If you recall, it was on Valentine’s Day that the South African Police arrested “Blade Runner” for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a 29 year-old model who was shot to death four times. Despite Oscar’s claims that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder that crept into his home, prosecutors accused him of what they termed “premeditated murder.” According to them, Oscar didn’t just shot once through the locked bathroom door, he fired four times.
Since then, the Oscar shooting has being an issue of public interest. Almost everyone is aware that the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter tearfully apologized to the Reeva family, consistently denies any intent to kill Steenkamp, was found guilty of culpable homicide, cleared of being guilty of murder, was sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail and immediately taken to Pretoria prison.
Many were clearly dissatisfied with the sentence Oscar got, as the High Court ruling finding him guilty of culpable homicide was largely regarded as a grave fundamental error that’s “shockingly light and inappropriate.” There were even stories about Oscar being giving preferential treatment while in prison, and his prison cell have to be recently shown to all to disprove the rumors. Yet many insisted that his cell of “the murderer” is cuter than their shacks.
With the agitations, prosecutors were granted leave to appeal against the conviction of Oscar for culpable homicide instead of murder. With that, the Supreme Court of Appeal, today, found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Eric Leach stated that Oscar is “guilty of murder…with criminal intent,” and related that “the matter is being referred back to the trial court to consider an appropriate sentence.” Based on the new rule, Oscar is now to face the prescribed 15 years minimum for murder. However, there’s the possibility of a lesser sentence in cases with compelling circumstances.