The Supreme court of South Africa dismissed the appeal of the Prosecutor’s office and reversed the lower court decision, which recognized athlete-Paralympic Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable murder of Riva Steenkamp. According to the new verdict, Pistorius is accused of premeditated murder, and his sentence will be revised, reports the BBC.
Recall that the murder in question was committed in the early morning of 14 February 2013. According to prosecutors, Riva Steenkamp was killed in the course of a long quarrel: Oscar shot her four times through the door and fatally wounded a girl and then struck the door with his fist, to open it, pulled dying Riva from the bathroom and tried to make her artificial respiration. The defense argued that Pistorius took Riva for penetrated into the house of the robber.
12 September 2014 the Pretoria court verdict on the case of a legless athlete, finding him guilty of manslaughter. On October 21 Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison. 20 October 2015 Pistorius, who spent in detention a year, was released from prison. The remainder of the term he was supposed to be under house arrest.
According to the decision of the Supreme court, Pistorius took up arms, was to understand that a person who is outside the door, even if he believed it was a burglar, could die.
Now the athlete will have to return to the court, which will decide on the measure of restraint in accordance with the new verdict.