Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide, Still Allowed to Compete in Paralympics
In addition to the lighter charge – equivalent to a manslaughter verdict in the United States, but without a minimum sentence – Pistorius has been granted an extension on his bail until his sentencing hearing begins in mid October.
According to Judge Masipa, Pistorius’ actions were “negligent” on the night that he shot Steenkamp, but the athlete’s assertions that he believed his girlfriend to be an intruder “could reasonably be true.”
Perhaps even more shocking than the culpable homicide charge is the fact that Pistorius will be allowed to continue competing professionally. A member of the International Paralympic Committee announced that if the South African sprinter “wishes to resume his athletics career, then we wouldn’t step in his way.”
The IPC’s chief executive went even further to describe Pistorius as a former “fundamental ambassador” of the Paralympics and stated that the homicide trial, which has received considerable media attention, “has not had any impact on [the IPC’s] activities.”
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