Oscar Pistorius latest: Murder verdict means Reeva Steenkamp 'will now be able to rest', family says

The athlete will have his sentence referred back to the original trial court, and faces a 15-year jail term

Adam Withnall
Thursday 03 December 2015 08:15
June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, reacts as the verdict is read out
June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, reacts as the verdict is read out

Here are the latest updates:

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder, after the South African supreme court overturned his conviction of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend in 2013.

The disgraced Paralympian and Olympian double amputee killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine's Day, firing four times into a small locked bathrom cubicle she was inside.

Barry Steenkamp, Reeva's father, said in an emotional interview after the verdict was read out that his daughter "will now be able to rest", adding that he felt justice had finally been done.

Justice Lorimer Leach delivered the unanimous ruling by the five-judge appeals court on Thursday in Bloemfontein, but said the matter of re-sentencing Pistorius would be left to the trial court in Pretoria.

Pistorius could yet appeal to the Constitutional Court of South Africa if he feels his right to a fair trial has been undermined. His family said in a brief statement that they were consulting their lawyers.

For the latest details and coverage of the ruling as it happened, read through the now-closed live blog below.

In summary: How Oscar Pistorius's conviction was dramatically overturned.

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