Oscar Pistorius; guilty of culpable homicide


 

 A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. A judgement that stunned the world



Judge Thokozile Masipa , during the  delivering of the  verdicts, said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius knew Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he shot through the door in the predawn hours of Valentine's Day last year. Masipa said prosecutors had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp

 Judge Masipa said Pistorius' sentencing hearing would begin on Oct. 13, when both sides will be able to call witnesses to argue ahead of the judge's ruling on if, or for how long, Pistorius is sent to prison for negligently killing Steenkamp.

  Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

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