Double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and firearm charge in the trial for murdering his own girl friend.

Oscar Pistorius was arrested in 2013 for the murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home. On 14 February 2013, Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he had fatally shot at his home in the early hours of that morning. Pistorius acknowledges that he shot Steenkamp, causing her death, but says that he mistook her for a possible intruder. Pistorius’ trial for murder began on 3 March 2014 in Pretoria.

On 20 May 2014, the trial proceedings were adjourned until 30 June to enable Pistorius to undergo psychiatric evaluation to establish whether he was criminally responsible for shooting Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed to a request for the evaluation by prosecutor Gerrie Nel after forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster testified for the defence that she had diagnosed Pistorius with generalized anxiety disorder.

On 30 June 2014, the trial resumed after the evaluation reports which said Pistorius could be held criminally responsible. The state prosecutor was quoted as saying, “Mr Pistorius did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offence charged”. The defence closed its case on 8 July and closing arguments were heard on 7 and 8 August. Judge Masipa adjourned the trial until 11 September when she will give her verdict.

Pistorius is a notable amputee runner who has won numerous medals in Paralympics and became the first amputee athlete to win a medal in able-bodied track event when he won a silver in the 4×400 metre relay in the 2011 IAAF World Championships, South Korea. He also represented his country in the 2012 London Olympics.

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