Oscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a ruling on Wednesday by a South African judge which gave prosecutors the go ahead to appeal against the South African blade runner’s conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
The case is expected to be reviewed in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Pistorius, shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine’s Day last year.
Judge Thokozile Masipa, who convicted Pistorius and sentenced him to five years in jail, acknowledged that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate “questions of law” that should be studied by the appeals court.
“This might have a practical effect” on the conviction, Masipa said.
“We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling,” Pistorius’ family said in a statement.
Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.