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How much jail time does Oscar now face?

By Faeza
04 March 2016

Oscar Pistorious

Oscar Pistorius will now face sentencing for murder following the Constitutional Court's decision to deny his application for leave to appeal his murder conviction …

The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years, unless he can provide substantial and compelling reasons to deviate from this prescribed sentence.

Marius du Toit, a defence lawyer and former prosecutor, said he believed the High Court in Pretoria may deviate from the minimum sentence, but this did not mean that Pistorius would sit in jail for a long time.

"To be honest, circumstances of this case are so unique. It wasn't a spousal abuse that ended up in a murder. This was a mistaken identity of a burglar and being reckless in respect of the life of the perceived burglar," he told News24.

"Those set of facts are so unique that the court will deviate from [the minimum sentence], in my view, and find substantial and compelling reasons in his favour and also the fact that he has already served a period of time."

Du Toit said Pistorius could find himself going to jail for 12 years instead of 15.

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