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Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial was closely followed around the world. It was a compelling story: the disabled man turned celebrated athlete was accused of deliberately killing his girlfriend. He said he shot her by mistake when he mistook her for a burglar. After the evidence was heard, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide (similar to the Canadian offence of manslaughter). We previously blogged about whether or not Pistorius received a fair trial by Canadian standards here.

 

The prosecution appealed to the South African Supreme Court, which recently allowed the appeal and substituted a conviction for murder. The Court said the trial judge impermissibly discounted prosecution evidence about ballistics and made other legal errors. It found the intent to kill had been proven.

 

Pistorius has a possible further appeal to the South African Constitutional Court, although it’s unclear whether he will pursue it.

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