Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced in June for murder

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Pretoria, April 18 (IANS) A South African court announced on Monday that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced in June for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The former Paralympian’s culpable homicide conviction — and its five-year prison sentence — was overturned by the Supreme Court in December last year when appeal judges instead found him guilty of murder, The Guardian reported.

Pistorius was in court in Pretoria as Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, who presided over an earlier bail hearing, told him he would face a fresh sentencing hearing from June 13-17.

The athlete, who is living at his uncle’s home in Pretoria, will remain on bail until the new hearing.

At his original trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted his version of events, ruling that there was no evidence that Pistorius had wanted to kill Steenkamp, but that his actions had been negligent.

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Pistorius was originally handed a sentence of five years for the culpable homicide conviction and served just under a year in prison.

He was released under house arrest in October 2015, before the state successfully challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court.

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