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Pistorius’ appeal verdict due tomorrow


Pistorius. photo credit jozigist

Pistorius. photo credit jozigist

SOUTH Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will announce tomorrow its verdict on an attempt by state prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the court registrar said.

The Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of the lesser crime of culpable homicide – the equivalent to manslaughter – for killing Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Pistorius, who said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he opened fire, was released from jail on parole in October after serving one year of his five-year sentence, according to AFP.

“The judgment will be delivered at 09:45 on December 3,” the registrar said in a brief emailed statement.

At the crux of the appeal case was how trial judge Thokozile Masipa interpreted the principle of “dolus eventualis” – awareness of the likely outcome of an action – under which she acquitted Pistorius of murder.

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