Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guilty Pistorius Is Released on Bail to Await Sentencing ; Shamed Paralympic Athlete Was Convicted over the Valentine's Day Shooting of Girlfriend

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guilty Pistorius Is Released on Bail to Await Sentencing ; Shamed Paralympic Athlete Was Convicted over the Valentine's Day Shooting of Girlfriend

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SHAMED athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail after being found guilty of the manslaughter of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at a court in South Africa.

Judge Thokozile Masipa turned down an application by the prosecutors to refuse bail.

Pistorius could face jail after the judge said the double- amputee Olympian, known as Blade Runner, was 'negligent' when he killed law graduate-turned-model Ms Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013.

The 400m specialist always admitted being responsible for her death at his home in Pretoria, but said he mistook his partner for intruders and fired four bullets from his 9mm pistol through the toilet cubicle.

The judge had dismissed prosecution claims that the double- amputee intentionally killed the 29-year-old, saying Pistorius could not be convicted of either pre-meditated or second-degree murder.

But she returned to court this morning to convict him of culpable homicide - the South African equivalent of manslaughter - and one gun charge relating to a restaurant shooting. …

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