LIVE: Oscar Pistorius sentencing proceedings set down for June 13-17

2016-04-18 07:08

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius will return to the High Court in Pretoria for a postponement of his sentencing hearing. Get the latest updates here.

News24 reporters Karabo Ngoepe, Naledi Shange and Wim Pretorius will be at the court in Pretoria. Follow them on Twitter at @karabongoepe1, @naledi_mailula and @Wimster101.  
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Last Updated at 14:17
18 Apr 09:45
From earlier: The moment Oscar arrives at court.

18 Apr 09:37
Oscar's dad looks on as a media throng rushes forward to take pics of Oscar as he leaves the court, Naledi Shange says.

18 Apr 09:36
Oscar's dad looks on as a media throng rushes forward to take pics of Oscar as he leaves the court, Naledi Shange says.

18 Apr 09:33
And with that court adjourns.

18 Apr 09:32
Sentencing proceedings postponed to June 13 until June 17. Pistorius asked several times by judge if he understands. He responds with a mumbled "yes".

18 Apr 09:31
Nel says there are correctional officers present who can look into the matter of the tracking devices.

18 Apr 09:30
I have been asked to state on record that he is on his third tracking device. It has malfunctions.

18 Apr 09:28
Nel says they are prepared to sit on the public holiday should it be that way [likely to be June 16]

18 Apr 09:28
Pistorius's team addresses circumstances surrounding his bail conditions.

18 Apr 09:28

Nel says that State will be ready to proceed with sentencing on 13  and 14 June.

Nel has indicated that they are not opposing his bail.


18 Apr 09:26
Proceedings are under way.

18 Apr 09:25

Prosecutors Gerrie Nel and Andrea Johnson as well as Investigating Officer Mike van Aardt are seated on the State's side of the courtroom.

Oscar's father has also arrived. He just walked into thr court room where he made his way past the people seated on the court bench. He went up to Aimee and hugged her  before taking a seat next to her.


18 Apr 09:24
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, who agreed Pistorius could stay out on bail after his murder conviction, is expected to preside over sentencing hearing.

18 Apr 09:19
Aimee Pistorius, Oscar's sister, along with his aunt sit a few rows behind him.

18 Apr 09:15
So Pistorius must not have come from his uncle's house, or he left very early, because he's in the courtroom, reports Naledi Shange.

18 Apr 09:11
Meanwhile, our reporter Wim Pretorius says there's still no movement at Arnold Pistorius's house.

18 Apr 09:11
Now they're praying in court.

18 Apr 08:59
More support for the former Paralympian.

18 Apr 08:56
Advocate Barry Roux is not expected to be in court, eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan says, and his junior advocate will be there.

18 Apr 08:40

18 Apr 08:13

Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said while she had received several requests for information on Pistorius's hospital visit, she too was in the dark.

"I have asked the family for more information but at the moment I know nothing about him being in hospital. I am sure that getting back to me is not a priority at the moment for them [the Pistorius family],” she said.

A later response from Burgess lent some credence to claims that the athlete was hospitalized, saying that the family would not comment as this was a "private matter".


18 Apr 08:06
Pistorius's supporters claim that similar cases "were treated differently".

18 Apr 07:55
A group calling itself the Worldwide Supporters of Oscar Pistorius  (Photo by Karabo Ngoepe)

18 Apr 07:39
Meanwhile, News24's Wim Pretorius says it's all rather quiet outside Arnold Pistorius, Oscar's uncle, home.

18 Apr 07:38
Journalists have begun arriving outside the court house in Pretoria. Photo by Karabo Ngoepe.

18 Apr 07:20
SABC News reporter Chriselda Lewis says Pistorius was taken to hospital at the weekend. It's unclear what for though.

18 Apr 07:08

The postponement of sentencing hearing in the Oscar Pistorius matter will be heard on Monday.

The matter will be heard at the Gauteng division of the Pretoria High Court.

It was reported in March that Pistorius's sentencing will take place between June 13 and June 17. He, however, still needed to appear in court on Monday in order to postpone the sentencing.

The Constitutional Court previously dismissed Pistorius's application for leave to appeal his conviction, and he now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years, unless he can provide substantial and compelling reasons to deviate from this prescribed sentence. 

Pistorius served one-sixth of his five-year sentence in prison and was released in October to serve the remainder under correctional supervision.

He shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, stating he mistook her for an intruder.

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