Judge adjourns Oscar Pistorius 'culpable homicide' verdict until tomorrow

Pistorius verdict adjourned until tomorrow
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The judge raises the possibility of a culpable homicide conviction for Oscar Pistorius before adjourning her verdict until tomorrow.

Judge Thokozile Masipa made a shock decision to adjourn the verdict of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial after raising the possibility of a culpable homicide conviction.

The Paralympic champion was cleared of premeditated murder and second degree murder after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The judge told the High Court in Pretoria today that there was not enough evidence to prove that Pistorius intended to kill the South African model when he fired four gunshots through a toilet door at his home in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

However, she raised the possibility of culpable homicide (manslaughter) by telling the court: "I am convinced he acted too hastily and used excessive force. It's clear that his conduct was negligent."

Pistorius, who denied murder by claiming that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Oscar Pistorius appearing at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013
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