Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgement was delivered today at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, just a day after he was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in February last year.
“The unanimous decision of this court is the following. On count one murder…the accused is found is not guilty…instead he is found guilty of culpable homicide,” she said.
“There is no basis for this court to make the inference that the accused wanted to kill the deceased.
“The conduct of the accused shortly after the incident is inconsistent with someone who had wanted to commit murder.”
Culpable Homicide is ‘negligence’ and carries a potential jail term of 15 years or a custodial sentence such as house arrest, with no prison time. Sentencing is at the discretion of the judge and set to begin on 13 October.
Pistorius was also found not guilty of firing a shot through an open sunroof and for the illegal possession of ammunition, but was found guilty of firing a shot in a Johannesburg restaurant in 2013.
He was charged with murder, and also faced three charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act – for illegally possessing ammunition, for firing a shot through the open sunroof of a car in 2012, and for firing a shot in a Johannesburg restaurant in 2013.