Pistorius to be sentenced in June

2016-03-30 21:43

Johannesburg  Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, will be sentenced in June, the department of justice confirmed on Wednesday.

"Members of the public and the media are advised that sentencing procedures in the Oscar Pistorius matter will not commence on 18 April 2016 as reported in the media," said spokesperson, Nathi Mncube. 

"The 18th of April 2016 was a date provisionally arranged pending the outcome of Mr Pistorius’ application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment. The sentencing proceeding will commence de novo, from 13 to 17 June 2016 at the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria," Mncube said. 

Pistorius' conviction on culpable homicide charges was overturned for a stronger conviction of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last December in Bloemfontein.

The SCA's ruling came almost three years after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He said he mistook her for an intruder.

He fired four shots into the door of a toilet cubicle in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

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

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