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Pistorius due back in court for culpable homicide ruling

Oscar Pistorius the blade runner has been cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for his negligent shooting that led to the death of his girlfriend. Judge Masipa ruled that the prosecutors led by Gerrie Nel had failed to prove that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp after an argument. He, a double-amputee and renowned in world athletics can get a guilty verdict. Jugde Thokozile Masipa has cleared him of premeditated murder on the Valentine’s Day 2013. The judge proclaimed that the accused had acted hastily using excessive force making his conduct negligent. She dismissed the defence arguments about Pistorius’ heightened sense of fear because of his disability. The defence had rallied that the shooting of Steenkamp was a tragic accident as Oscar had mistaken her for an intruder hiding behind a locked toilet door. When Judge Masipa delivered her not-guilty decision on the primary charge of premeditated murder Pistorius sat sobbing with tears streaming down his cheeks. Oscar can face up to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide though it has no minimum sentence. This case has attracted the attention of millions around the world who admired Pistorius running on prosthetics as his lower legs were amputated as a baby. He had reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres at the London Olympics in 2012. He has been a global inspiration for his grit and a hero in South Africa.

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