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Prosecutors Seek Murder Charge Against Oscar Pistorius

Oscar PistoriusSouth African prosecutors have started an appeal hearing on whether athlete Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide.

The Paralympian was released from prison last month after serving one year of his five-year term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, 28, shot her through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but insists he thought she was an intruder.

He could be sent back to jail if appeal judges overturn the original verdict.

Pistorius is currently under house arrest, and is not attending the hearing at South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The proceedings are being broadcast live on television.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, of his 29-year-old girlfriend at a trial in October last year.

 

Credit: BBC

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