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Uncle: Verdict a 'big burden' off Oscar's shoulders

The uncle of Oscar Pistorius said the family were "deeply affected by the devastating and tragic" death of Reeva Steenkamp and added that the athlete being cleared of murder was a "big burden" off the Olympian's shoulders.

Arnold Pistorius delivering a statement. Credit: ITV News

Arnold Pistorius said: "[We want to] show how grateful we are to the judge after she found him not guilty, the verdict is a big burden of our shoulders and Oscar's.

"We always knew the facts of the matter and never doubted Oscar's version of this tragic incident."

He added: "There's no victors in this, we as a family remain deeply affected by this devastating and tragic event and it won't bring Reeva back but our hearts go out to her family and friends."

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What sentence could Pistorius serve for culpable homicide?

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide but was cleared of murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge will now need to assign a degree of negligence. The higher the negligence, the longer the prison term for the athlete.

The maximum sentence for this charge is 15 years in jail.

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