How the mighty have fallen.
On Thursday, Oscar Pistorius — known as the “Blade Runner” from the London 2012 Summer Olympics — was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, by a South African appeals court.
About a month ago the 29-year-old was released from prison and moved under correctional supervision while the prosecution sought an appeal for the verdict.
This morning, the appeals court officially reversed the decision of the original trial and the athlete could now face up to 15 years in prison!
Justice Lorimer Eric Leach overturned the ruling made by judge Thokozile Masipa stating that there was a “fundamental error” and that Masipa didn’t correctly apply the legal principle of “dolus eventualis” — which relates to the intent of a suspect.
Lorimer said that Pistorius “never offered an acceptable explanation for” shooting Steenkamp through a door in his home and explained:
“I have no doubt that in firing the fatal shots the accused must have foreseen that whoever was behind door might die.”
The victim’s mother, June Steenkamp, was very pleased with the ruling as she said:
“I’m very pleased for every women in South Africa because there’s so much abuse and killing of partners and [the perpetrators] just walk free, and now we’ve got justice for that. I want respect for my daughter’s life and that’s what I got today [with] the conviction of murder. I feel so proud now that she’s got some respect and she hasn’t lost her life for nothing. She will be remembered and it’s good for all the women in South Africa.”
The case has now been sent back to the High Court of South Africa for sentencing, which should take place sometime in the next year.
It’s sad to see a person who had such potential to be a symbol of inspiration and hope fall so far.
Our hearts go out to those affected by his terrible crime.
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