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Pistorius verdict changed to murder

Oscar Pistorius faces a return to prison after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his initial manslaughter conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp should be changed to murder.


Pistorius was handed a five-year jail term last October for the “culpable homicide” of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing shots through a locked bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The Paralympic gold medallist, who said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder, was released and put under house arrest this October, having served a fifth of his sentence.

However, prosecutors said Pistorius should have been charged with murder – arguing the application of the law in his trial was not correct – and the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in their favour on Thursday.

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