Paralympic body reacts to Pistorius judgment

The IPC says their thoughts remain with all those affected by the terrible tragedy.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria under heavy police guard ahead of judgment in his murder trial on 12 September 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) says it would be unwise for them to comment as a sport organisation on the conclusion of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial as it is unrelated to sport.

In a statement, the IPC said their thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by the terrible tragedy, in particular the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp.

The IPC also stressed the importance of differentiating between Pistorius's personal life and his contribution to the Paralympic movement.

The Paralympic and Olympic athlete was found guilty culpable homicide earlier today, having escaped the more serious charges of murder and premeditated murder.

The 27-year-old double amputee, who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, stood impassively in the dock, his hands folded in front of him, as Judge Thokozila Masipa delivered her verdict.

Pistorius was also cleared of two unrelated firearms charges - illegal possession of ammunition, and firing a pistol out of the sun-roof of a car - but was convicted of firing a pistol under the table of a packed Johannesburg restaurant.

Masipa based her culpable homicide decision on the fact that Pistorius had acted unreasonably and negligently when he fired four shots from a 9mm pistol into a toilet door in his luxury Pretoria home, killing Steenkamp, who was behind it, almost instantly.

Culpable homicide carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.