Oscar Pistorius murder trial verdict as it happens

September 11, 2014, 12:30pm

Friday 12 September

Oscar Pistorius's bail extended

Sentencing was set down for 13-16 October.

The North Gauteng High Court has extended Oscar Pistorius's bail, after he was found not guilty of murder but guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa made the ruling on Friday afternoon, after adjourning proceedings. Pistorius was led down to the holding cells ahead of the bail decision.

Earlier, the State opposed the extension of Pistorius's bail.

"Culpable homicide is a schedule seven offence," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.


Culpable Homicide is 'negligence' and carries a potential jail term of 15 years or a custodial sentence such as house arrest, with no prison time. Sentencing is at the discretion of the judge and yet to happen.

Pistorius GUILTY of culpable homicide

Judge finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide - equivalent to manslughter in British law.
She recaps that he has been acquitted of the two murder charges.
He is guilty of discharging a pistol negligently in a public place, but acquitted on the two other firearms charges.

The maximum sentence for culpable homicide in South African law is 15 years, but there is no minimum sentence. The maximum possible sentence for the firearms charge of which Pistorius is guilty is five years.
We are not expecting to hear a sentence handed down today, as both the defence and prosecution have the opportunity to make submissions to the judge before her she sentences the former Paralympian.


Pistorius in cells for first time since last February
Pistorius is being held in a cell while the court awaits a bail decision.

Judge adjourns til 1230 to decide on bail. OP remains in the dock, gets up to speak to the custody officer. Technically his bail is expired

Trevor Noah's take on the Pistorius verdict

The Judge has adjourned the trial to tomorrow (Friday)

The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to Friday to announce whether he is guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp deliberately in the toilet after a row, prompting tears from Mr Pistorius.

But she said he acted too hastily and his conduct had clearly been negligent.

Adjourning the trial, she said a reasonable person would not have fired.

Its lunch time but in the mean time...


Key Points

  • The judge at Oscar Pistorius’ trial has ruled out premeditated murder
  • She could find him guilty of common murder or culpable homicide, for which he would face a long jail term
  • The South African athlete denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  • The double-amputee says he thought there was an intruder, when he shot on Valentine’s Day 2013
  • He also faces two charges for firing a gun in public and one for illegally possessing ammunition



Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted in the High Court in Pretoria of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"The accused therefore cannot be found guilty of murder dolus eventualis [legal intent]... that however is not the end of the matter as culpable homicide is a competent verdict," said Judge Thokozile Masipa.

More verdicts to follow


Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Thursday for judgement in his murder trial. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day of 2013.

Whether found guilty or not guilty, the verdict in the six month trial could take up to 48 hours to be delivered.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will first recount and analyze the evidence given by each of the nearly 40 witnesses in the criminal case that captured considerable international attention.