Oscar Pistorius was today sensationally 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 decision of a five-strong panel of judges.
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 tragic killing of Miss Steenkamp, a law graduate turned cover girl, at the hands of one of the world’s greatest sports stars was described as ‘a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions’ by Justice Eric Leach, who read a summary of the court’s findings.
In his damning verdict, he concluded Pistorius ‘fired without a rational or justifiable fear that his life was in danger. The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder.’