Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder after appeals court overturns trial verdict

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A South African appeals court has convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning an earlier conviction of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013.

The double amputeee killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine's Day.

He insisted he thought she was an intruder behind a door in his home. The prosecution said Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp during an argument.

Justice Lorimer Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered the ruling by the five-judge appeals court on Thursday in Bloemfontein and said the trial court, the North Gauteng High Court, should impose sentence.

Mr Leach said, regardless of who might have been behind the door, Pistorius should have known someone could be killed if he fired.