SCA finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder

The athlete was found guilty by a full bench of Supreme Court judges.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Pool.

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Supreme Court of Appeal has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder.

In a unanimous decision, the court found that High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa made errors in law, when convicting the former athlete of culpable homicide.

It has also criticised Masipa for ignoring crucial evidence.

Judge Eric Leach read out a summary of the judgment a short while ago, saying the High Court ignored certain circumstantial evidence.

"The failure to take into account must be regarded as an error of law. Consequently, the first two questions reserved for decision must be answered in favour of the prosecution, to the extent that I have indicated."

Leach said based on certain evidence that was ignored and the incorrect application of dolus eventualis, there has been an error in law.

"The first two question reserved, are answered in favour of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The accused conviction and sentence on count one are set aside and replaced with the following: guilty of murder, with the accused having had criminal intent in the form of _dolus eventualis. _The matter is referred back to trial court to consider an appropriate sentence afresh."

#OscarPistorius Leach: the application of dolus eventualis was incorrectly applied and the court did not properly consider all the evidence.

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Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years, saying he believed she was an intruder and in 2014 was found guilty of culpable homicide.

He was released from prison last month to serve out the remainder of his five-year sentence at home.

The State appealed the conviction on the grounds that it believed Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principles to the facts - further saying she incorrectly applied the legal principle of dolus eventualis.

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Meanwhile, Pistorius's family has now issued a short statement in reaction to the judgment.

They say they have noted it and are waiting for their legal team to guide them.

The family says it will not be commenting any further for now.

June Steenkamp was seen embracing members of the African National Congress Women's League outside the court.

For the full judgment click here