June Steenkamp: Culpable homicide conviction incorrect
Reeva Steenkamp’s mother has expressed disappointment with Judge Masipa’s ruling in the Oscar Pistorius trial.
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JOHANNESBURG - Expressions of relief and gratitude by one family have been overshadowed by the despair and disappointment of another, following the culpable homicide conviction of Oscar Pistorius.
The High Court in Pretoria on Friday found that the athlete was responsible for the negligent, unlawful killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp died on 14 February 2013 when she was shot four times by Pistorius.
Her parents spoke to American network NBC after the ruling, while Pistorius's uncle addressed the media in court.
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Steenkamps' mother June says the culpable homicide conviction of her daughter's killer was incorrect, it should have been murder.
"She died a horrible, painful, terrible death and he shot through the door … And I cannot believe that they believe that it was an accident."
Meanwhile, the athlete's uncle Arnold expressed gratitude to the judge for the conviction on a lesser charge.
"It's a big burden off our shoulders and Oscar's. He always knew the facts of the matter. We never had any doubt in Oscar's version of this tragic incident."
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The blade runner still faces the prospect of up to 15 years in prison.
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