Even though Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp yesterday, a few hours ago he was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said the double amputee had acted negligently when he fired four shots into a locked toilet door, killing the 29-year-old model who was behind it. But she decided to extend his bail which means he will not be detained in custody. His sentence hearing will hold on October 13.
Pistorius, 27, who showed a lot of emotion during the trial showed little emotion as the guilty verdict of culpable homicide was given, which is South Africa’s equivalent of the UK’s manslaughter charge, was handed down in North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. The punishment for culpable homicide ranges from a suspended sentence to a maximum jail term of 15 years.
Judge Masipa criticised Pistorius’ decision to reach for his gun and shoot rather than raise the alarm or fire a warning shot. She also accused him of being a poor witness, muddled over his defence and a liar.