Pistorius murder verdict shows ‘respect for women’ – Steenkamp’s mother

The mother of slain model Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius says an appeal court ruling finding him guilty of murder is a victory for women.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE) (REUTERS) – Reeva Steenkamp’s mother welcomed a court ruling on Thursday (December 3) that found held Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering the model.

The Paralympian star was earlier convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva in 2013.

He was released on parole in October, after about a year into his sentence.

But on Thursday, his conviction was scaled up to murder.

Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp said it was a relief.

“At least we have the truth now and the right decision and the right judgment and it’s not up to me to say how long….I don’t want to hurt him in any way. I have got no revenge,” she said.

In their appeal, prosecutors argued that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder for firing four shots through a locked toilet door. They said he intended to kill Steenkamp and that she had fled to the toilet during a row.

Reeva’s mother June said the murder conviction was a victory for all women in South Africa.

“I see this as the truth and the success is due to the justice system and God, but this is respect for my daughter and her life, also. And respect for women all over this country because we have too much of this happening and people get away with it and now we have seen that the justice system works,” she told broadcaster SABC.

A new sentence for the Paralympic champion will be handed down at a later date. Pistorius is expected to remain on parole until then, unless a court rules otherwise, officials said.

The new ruling could see him sent back to prison for up to 15 years.

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