Oscar Pistorius was today convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp and now faces being jailed until he is well into his forties. The Olympic sprinter was not in the Supreme Court of Appeal this morning to hear the damning decision of a five-strong panel of judges.
Pistorius killed the 29-year-old model and law graduate at the peak of his fame, following his historic performance in London in 2012 when he became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level.
Pistorius, 29, will now return to court in the New Year to face a possible 15-year jail sentence for shooting Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home early on Valentine’s Day 2013.
The former track star was put under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion on October 19 after serving one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter.
Today Supreme Court Judge Eric Leach overturned that conviction to replace it with murder following a 53 minute court hearing.