Before he was found guilty of murder, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter.

On 12 September 2014, the Paralympian was convicted in a South African court of culpable homicide (manslaughter) for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“There is no basis for this court to make the inference that the accused wanted to kill the deceased,” said judge Thokozile Masipa.

“The conduct of the accused shortly after the incident is inconsistent with someone who had wanted to commit murder.”

Judge Masipa continues: “It could not be said that he [Pistorius] foresaw that either the deceased or anyone else for that matter might be killed when he fired the shots at that door.”

In December 2015, South Africa’s supreme court of appeal overturned Masipa’s judgement, finding Pistorius guilty of murder.

Justice Eric Leach of the appeal court said Pistorius “ought to have been found guilty of murder” and there was “no doubt that in firing the fatal shots the accused must have foreseen that whoever was behind the toilet door might die”.

The Blade Runner, as he known because of his prosthetic legs, ran out of legal options when his request to the constitutional court – asking for the chance to challenge the murder conviction – was knocked back in early March 2016.

Pistorius is now facing the music again, this time in court to hear his murder sentence. It’s possible he’ll spend the next 15 or more years behind bars. The decision on sentencing is expected 6 July 2016.

The Guardian has reported that a clinical psychologist – called by Pistorius’ lawyer to speak to the court – says the ex-athlete needs to be in hospital, not back in prison.

“His spirit seems broken,” said the psychologist.

“I believe he is quite ill. If he was my patient, I would admit him to hospital.”

Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva, spoke in court today.

“It has been very difficult for me to forgive,” he said.

“You must still understand that he must pay for [his crimes] although June (Reeva’s mother) has forgiven,” said Mr Steenkamp.

The story has been a hit with local and international media since Pistorius, the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic games, pulled the trigger on Valentine’s Day in February 2013.

And judging by these unearthed photos, captured on my iPhone in a sweaty hand on 12 September 2014 – the day Pistorius was cleared of murder and convicted of manslaughter – the media’s interest is well-justified.

Outside the courthouse on that day, the public’s gaze was as clear as the Spring sky.

Before the rush

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Outside the North Guateng high court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, before the day got under way

Ladders and cameras

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Press and public play the waiting game

Public interest: murder or manslaughter?

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News-vans were broadcasting live from across the road of the courthouse. Judge Thokozile Masipa can be seen delivering her verdict on the screen in the background

Going to great heights

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Observers and photographers went above and beyond in preparation for Oscar’s walk from the courthouse

Prime position: waiting for the money shot

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An AFP photographer perched patiently

A bob each way

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‘Supporting both families’

Interest grows

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Outside the court, the public remained glued to Oscar’s fate

Local news basking in the story

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South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC keeping close watch from across the road

Attention grabbing

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As the day went by, more and more people stopped to watch and listen from the news-vans’ live broadcast

‘Oscar is coming out soon’

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People rushed to the court exit when word got around that Pistorius would be emerging soon

Stopping traffic

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Congestion was permitted in Pretoria on 12 September 2014

News city

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The media camped outside the courthouse for days, making phone calls, drinking coffee and conducting interviews

Ready and waiting

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The big news agencies were well prepared and propped up on ladders to get the best shots

More cameras than people

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It was a hot day, many photographers got impatient waiting for Oscar to leave the courthouse

Media gauntlet 

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Oscar Pistorius, the former famed athlete, is moments from navigating his way through the narrow media scrum

‘Oscar is guilty of murder’: the court of public opinion

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The media pack was intrigued by the man in the green shirt. ‘Oscar is guilty of murder,’ he shouted as the judge found otherwise

Looking down the barrel: the storm before the storm

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Oscar Pistorius leaves court after being found guilty of manslaughter on 12 September 2014. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images