NPA welcomes murder conviction for Oscar

2015-12-03 11:41
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Garsfontein police station. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Garsfontein police station. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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ANCWL sing 'we are fighting for Reeva's rights' after Pistorius convicted of murder

2015-12-03 11:22

The ANCWL had been supporting the Steenkamp family throughout the trial in Pretoria and during the appeal.WATCH

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to replace Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction with murder.

"It affirms our contention that the trial court judge misdirected herself in her interpretation in the application of the law," spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24.

The SCA replaced Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction with murder, ruling that he should have foreseen the deadly impact his four bullets would have in a small bathroom.

Justice Eric Leach said when handing down the judgment : "He [Pistorius] fired four shots through the door and he never offered an acceptable explanation... he fired not one, but four shots... that is exactly what the accused did.

"I have no doubt that in firing the fatal shots, the accused... did foresee that whoever was behind that toilet door might die."

He said the trial court made an error in law in applying the principles of dolus eventualis (perpetrators forseeing the risk of death occurring but nevertheless proceeding with the act).

Pistorius is currently under correctional supervision at his uncle's home in Pretoria.

The SCA’s ruling comes almost three years after Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

After a gruelling trial in the North Gauteng High Court, Judge Thokozile Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide and not murder.

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