Wow — Oscar Pistorius’ case has taken an interesting new turn. Less than two months after the Paralympian was moved from prison to house arrest, he was found guilty of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp when the appeals court overturned his previous lesser charge.
Oscar Pistorius is guilty of murder. The 29-year-old was originally only charged with culpable homicide, but South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal overturned this decision on Dec. 3 for a much higher charge, holding him responsible for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Eric Leach explained to the court that the original judgment, culpable homicide, was “fundamentally flawed,” because Oscar should have foreseen that firing shots would’ve killed whoever he was shooting at, even if he did think it was an intruder and not his girlfriend. “The Blade Runner’s” jail term has not been decided yet, but he could serve up to 15 years in prison.
Oscar claimed he shot, and effectively killed, Reeva on Valentine’s Day 2013 because he thought she was an intruder entering their home. He was sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 21, 2014, but was released one year later, and instead put on house arrest. However, now that the culpable homicide conviction has been overturned for a higher murder charge, he will head back to do more time behind bars.
According to Judge Leach of the Supreme Court, Oscar’s testimony was “unacceptable, vacillating and contradictory,” because he should’ve used “common sense” to know that, no matter what, when he fired that gun, the person behind the door would’ve been struck. “The identity of victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach explained.
Now, the Paralympic runner has one form of appeal remaining — taking the case to Constitutional Court in South Africa. He will remain under house arrest at his Uncle’s until sentencing for his new conviction occurs, but that likely won’t take place until next year. The time he’s already served will be taken into account when his new jail sentence is decided.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree that Oscar’s culpable homicide conviction should’ve been overturned?