The double-amputee Olympic athlete was sentenced Tuesday by a South African judge who cited the “gross negligence” the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times.
Unlike many other times during the trial that began in March, Pistorius showed no emotion as he stood in his dark suit with his hands crossed in front of him.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said there were “just not enough facts” to support the finding of premeditated murder in Reeva Steenkamp’s fatal shooting.
Pistorius steered away from a direct response to the prosecutor’s invitation to take the blame for Reeva Steenkamp’s killing, saying only that he opened fire because he believed his life was under threat.
Oscar Pistorius vomited in the dock and retched repeatedly and loudly at his murder trial Monday as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot.
Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius’ gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp.
The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made the ruling Friday after four days of arguments from prosecution and defense in Pistorius’ bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.
South Africa’s top detective was appointed lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case Thursday, replacing a veteran policeman who was charged with attempted murder in the latest shock development to hit a case being watched closely by the nation.
Oscar Pistorius applied for firearm licenses for six more guns weeks before the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp inside his house.
Our sport’s icons, those whose successful careers push them to the top of that recognition sphere, are shocking and disappointing us at a rapid pace these days.
Oscar Pistorius’ agent has canceled all future track races so the double-amputee Olympian can focus on the murder charge against him, underscoring the possibility the disabled sports icon might never again run competitively on his famous carbon fiber blades.
South Africans were shocked at the killing, but police said there was a history of problems.