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Oscar found guilty on culpable homicide

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide, a lesser charge than the other two he was facing. PHOTO: Reuters

According to legal experts, culpable homicide has no minimum sentence but the charge could carry up to 15 years in prison.

(READ MORE: Pistorius not guilty of murder)

However, a suspended sentence remains an option that might see the gold medal paralympian walk free. 

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder and murder and was faced with the possibility of life imprisonment.

(READ MOREOscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities')

Meanwhile, state and defense lawyers are set to present aggravating and mitigating factors before Judge Thokozile Masipa can pass on the sentence on a date yet to be established.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel is against granting Pistorius bail saying he could be a suicide or flight risk.

“The accused has been convicted of a serious case, a factor that should be taken into account for [denying him bail]”.

Nel also said the accused had disposed of his properties during the period of trial.

However, Barry Roux, Pistorius' lawyer, argued that there was no evidence that the athlete would not abide by bail conditions as he had complied with bail terms before conviction. He added that he sold his properties to pay for legal costs.

Masipa has extended Pistorius’ bail to 13 October for sentencing after the state failed to grant convincing reasons why the accused should remain in custody.

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