Oscar spends 28th birthday behind bars

2014-11-21 20:26

Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend, is turning 28 in his first birthday behind bars, and a world away from his former life as a jet-setting celebrity.


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State's appeal is flawed, Pistorius lawyers argue

2014-11-18 12:08

Oscar Pistorius's lawyers have reportedly challenged the State's intention to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying it is deeply flawed and should be dismissed.

Oscar, Krejcir train together

2014-11-13 19:50

Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir have trained together at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria.

Oscar killed Reeva to hide truth - Steenkamp's mother

2014-11-10 18:25

Reeva Steenkamp's mother does not believe Oscar Pistorius accidentally killed her daughter and feels "let down" by South Africa's justice system, according to a memoir published.

Dept: No special bathroom for Oscar

2014-11-09 15:14

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who has been sentenced to five years in prison, is not getting a special bathroom, the department of correctional services has said.

Oscar sentence shockingly light - State

2014-11-04 21:18

The five-year jail sentence imposed on Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is "shockingly light and inappropriate", the State has said in court papers filed.

Are SA women better off than Brits, or Americans?

2014-10-31 15:23

Within days of the world slamming SA macho culture for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, a new global scale of gender equality claims women in SA are better off than those in the US and the UK.

High-profile murders galvanise people - ISS

2014-10-28 13:09

The murder of celebrities and high-profile people such as Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa often galvanises the public to help prevent crime, an analyst says.

ANCWL welcomes Oscar appeal

2014-10-28 05:00

The ANC Women's League has welcomed the NPA's decision to appeal the conviction and sentence of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

NPA to appeal Oscar sentencing, conviction

2014-10-27 14:49

The National Prosecuting Authority has announced their plan to appeal the conviction and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar’s R17.5m legal headache

2014-10-26 16:54

Oscar Pistorius has racked up lawyers’ bills amounting to R17.5m - and he cannot pay them.

No sex for Reeva and Oscar, says June Steenkamp

2014-10-26 07:27

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, has said her daughter never had sex with Oscar Pistorius as “she was scared to take the relationship to the next level”, it has been reported.

Pistorius judgment not well reasoned - expert

2014-10-24 13:40

The judgment in the Oscar Pistorius trial may not stand up to constitutional scrutiny and can be appealed on a question of law, a law professor believes.

British comedian blames Reeva Steenkamp for her own death in shocking joke

2014-10-24 09:05

British comedian, Jimmy Carr, made a highly controversial joke while presenting an award at the Q Awards in London.

Oscar spent first night in single jail cell

2014-10-22 16:31

Oscar Pistorius has spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in, Pretoria.

Watch Masipa sentence Pistorius

2014-10-22 08:08

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down a sentence of five years in prison for Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide charge. Watch Masipa hand down her ruling here.

Oscar processed, placed in cell

2014-10-21 18:22

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been processed and placed in his cell in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, the facility's area commissioner Zebilon Monama says.

Oscar deserved life - NFPYM

2014-10-21 17:43

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should have been given a harsher sentence, the National Freedom Party Youth Movement says.

No parole for Oscar - IFP Women's Brigade

2014-10-21 15:36

The IFP Women's Brigade has welcomed the sentence handed down in the Oscar Pistorius case but says he should not get parole.

Oscar's sentence carefully chosen - law expert

2014-10-21 14:38

The five years imposed on Oscar Pistorius is significant, because a longer sentence would not have given him a chance of house arrest, a law expert says.

Oscar will embrace sentence - uncle

2014-10-21 13:23

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will embrace the five-year prison sentence handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, his uncle Arnold says.

Social media users express shock at Pistorius sentence

2014-10-21 12:38

Social media tags around the Pistorius trial are still trending in South Africa as viewers take to social networks to voice their opinions.


Social media tags around the Pistorius trial are still trending in South Africa as viewers take to social networks to voice their opinions.

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Reeva's mom ready to launch book

2014-11-21 08:33

June Steenkamp is set to launch her book Reeva - A Mother's Story in Port Elizabeth.

Oscar defence files opposing papers

2014-11-18 23:06

The lawyers of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius have filed papers opposing the State's application to appeal his culpable homicide conviction and sentence.

Prisons tight-lipped over Oscar, Krejcir claims

2014-11-14 05:00

The department of correctional services is tight-lipped about reports of disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir training together at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria.

Oscar 'monitoring device' claims not true - corrections

2014-11-11 22:01

The prisons department has dismissed reports that convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will not be eligible for correctional supervision because an electronic monitoring device cannot be fitted to his ankle.

Pistorius appeal hearing set for 9 December

2014-11-10 10:54

Prosecutors say their request to appeal Oscar Pistorius’s manslaughter conviction and 5-year prison sentence would be heard on 9 December.

Oscar legal team to oppose State's appeal

2014-11-07 13:29

Oscar Pistorius's legal team will oppose the State's application to appeal the athlete's conviction and five-year sentence, which will be heard on 18 November, according to reports.

Oscar: State applies for leave to appeal

2014-11-04 10:24

The State has applied its leave to appeal against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence, the National Prosecuting Authority says.

Oscar appeal not personal - NPA

2014-10-30 19:18

As the State prepares to launch its appeal against the conviction and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority says it’s not personal, according to a TV interview.

Law must take its course, Pistorius family says

2014-10-28 11:03

The law must take its course regarding the State's intention to appeal the conviction and sentencing of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, his family says.

Dept considers disciplinary against Oscar witness

2014-10-27 17:13

The social development department is considering taking disciplinary action against Annette Vergeer for offering private services to the defence team in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Oscar's father arrives first to visit

2014-10-26 19:45

Oscar Pistorius’s father, Henke, was one of the first visitors at Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison to visit his son, a report says.

NPA denies Pistorius appeal process starting

2014-10-26 14:46

The National Prosecuting Authority has denied a report that the appeal against Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence will start next month.

NPA hasn't yet decided on Pistorius appeal

2014-10-24 11:30

The NPA says it has not decided yet if it will appeal the Oscar Pistorius sentence, after it emerged that prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked a law professor for his advice on the matter.

Oscar cried himself to sleep in prison - report

2014-10-23 08:12

The correctional services department has declined to comment on a report that convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius cried himself to sleep on his first day in prison.

We don't want revenge - Reeva's mom

2014-10-22 13:31

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp has insisted she did not want "revenge", the day after the Oscar Pistorius was handed a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.

Oscar 'biggest news story in the world'

2014-10-21 19:09

The sentencing of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is the biggest news story in the world, media monitoring group ROi Africa says.

Decision on sentencing is mine alone - Masipa

2014-10-21 17:43

Oscar Pistorius's fate was always going to lie in the hands of one person - Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Zuma criticises Oscar's defence team

2014-10-21 15:36

President Jacob Zuma says that Oscar Pistorius’s disability was no basis for him to escape prison time, according to reports.

Anni's cousin left info out - lawyer

2014-10-21 14:38

Anni Dewani's cousin did not tell the British police all the details of a phone conversation she had about a fatal hijacking in Cape Town in 2010, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

NPA to discuss Pistorius sentence with prosecutors

2014-10-21 14:38

The head of the NPA has told Parliament he will discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors.

Pistorius may only spend 10 months in prison

2014-10-21 13:23

In terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, Oscar Pistorius may end up spending only 10 months of his five-year sentence in prison, a justice department spokesperson says.

Media frenzy as Oscar whisked off to prison in Nyala

2014-10-21 12:58

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been driven away from the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria accompanied by wailing police sirens, to begin serving his five-year jail term.

Donald Trump slams Oscar judge on Twitter again!

2014-10-21 12:36

Although he is not a South African citizen and has nothing to do with the Oscar Pistorius trial, Donald Trump still has a lot to say.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in jail

2014-10-21 12:09

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years behind bars for culpable homicide after a seven month trial for the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria home.

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