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Disabled track star known as the blade runner, Oscar Pistorious, was acquitted of murder charges related to the death of his girlfriend. However, he was found guilty of culpable homicide, which is an equivalent to a manslaughter charge in an American court.
This ends a trial that was watched very closely by not only South Africa, but many around the world. For those unfamiliar with the story, the track star shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He shot a handgun with hollow-point ammunition loaded in it into a locket toilet cubicle. And when he opened the cubicle, he saw that his girlfriend was inside.
Pistorious’ defense was that he thought it was an invader in his home and that he was defending himself. The prosecution was trying to prove that Pistorious knew that it was his girlfriend in the cubicle and that the murder was premeditated. However, the jury did not agree with that in the end. The family of the victim is of course very upset and disappointed by the verdict, according to local media.
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