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Prosecutors appeal to South Africa's Supreme Court to have conviction against Oscar Pistorius changed from 'culpable homicide' to murderRead the full story ›
An appeal by South African prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide charge changed to a murder one has come to an end with judgement reserved until a later date.
An appeal court judge has told Oscar Pistorius' lawyer that it "would be a miracle not to shoot someone" if firing repeatedly through a door which someone is behind.
Responding to the lawyer's submission that the original judge in his client's case had not ignored key circumstantial evidence Justice Leach said: "If you put four shoots through that door you must surely foresee that you will shoot someone."
#oscarpistorius appeal court judge Leach; if you fired for times thought the toilet door it would be a miracle not to shoot someone inside
#oscarappeal judge leach giving defence hard time: can't OP be convicted of murder of person in toilet even if he thought Reeve was in bed?
The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorious case has argued that the judge in the original case should not have thrown out circumstantial evidence which would have made the athlete's version of events "impossible".
Gerrie Nel said: "The court ignored the evidence, the most important circumstantial evidence, that would make the accused version, not reasonably or possibly true, but impossible."
Nel is arguing that Pistorius should have been given a murder conviction.
#OscarAppeal prosecution claims original trial ignored most important circumstantial evidence that would make OP's version impossible
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June has arrived in court this morning as Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers appear back before judges in a fresh bid to try to keep their client from returning to jail.
Speaking to Sky News Reeva's mother said the paralympian's original sentence had been too short.
She said: "He killed her and he's been in jail for 11 months and it's too short a time for taking someone's life.
"And even though I don't want to hurt him in any way, he has to face the truth … it's justice for Reeva."
A wheel of a plane flying under British Airways colours collapsed on landing in South Africa on Monday.Read the full story ›
Two British tourists have been found dead on a beach in South Africa, the National Sea Rescue Institute has said.
A statement said the bodies of a 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, believed to be from Northern Ireland, were found on Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay.
It is suspected they drowned after going for a swim shortly after arriving on holiday.
A local man raised the alarm at about 6pm yesterday after discovering the man's body in shallow surf on Robberg Beach, the NSRI said.
The woman's body was found around 200 metres away by two women walking along the beach.
The Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of two British nationals in South Africa on Friday, adding: "We are providing assistance to both families at this extremely difficult time, and will remain in contact with local authorities.”
Stun grenades fired at students as they gather outside South African President Zuma's offices to protest against university fee increases.Read the full story ›