South African double amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s day last year.
This was the verdict of Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa on Thursday. The blade runner is not free yet as he may still head to jail for culpable homicide as the judgement enters day two tomorrow, Friday.
Oscar Pistorius also has two counts of gun charges leveled against him; one for illegal possession of firearm and another for shooting a gun in a public area. All that will be determined tomorrow when judgement resumes.
If found guilty of culpable homicide which seems very likely, Oscar Pistorius may serve up to 15 years in jail. It is pertinent to note however that in South African law, there is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide.
What this implies is that the decision solely lies on the the judge’s discretion.
More to follow as details unfold…