Pistorius: From Olympic glory to jail for murder

Oscar Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court. (File photo: Herman Verway, Netwerk24)
Oscar Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court. (File photo: Herman Verway, Netwerk24)

Johannesburg - The Supreme Court of Appeal will on Friday hear the State's appeal to lengthen the jail term of double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius for murdering his girlfriend.

Here is a timeline of events following the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

READ: Is this the final stretch in the Pistorius case?

2013 

February 14: Police arrest the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter for killing Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, who was shot four times at his Pretoria home.

February 15: Pistorius bursts into tears as he is charged, denying murder "in the strongest terms".

February 19: Pistorius claims in an affidavit he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. He said he fired through a locked bathroom door, in what prosecutors term "premeditated" murder.

February 21: Global sportswear manufacturer Nike suspends its sponsorship contract with the athlete.

February 22: Pistorius is granted bail.

2014 

March 3: The trial opens in Pretoria before an army of journalists from around the world, with the testimony of a neighbour who tells the court she heard "terrible screams" from a woman. Ten days later, Pistorius vomits when a picture of Steenkamp's body is flashed on the court's television screens.

April 7 - 15: Pistorius takes the stand and begins with a tearful apology to Steenkamp's family. This is followed by five days of often intense cross-examination, marked by bouts of tears and breaks in the session. Pistorius steadfastly denies any intention to kill Steenkamp.

June 30: After a six-week break, a panel of three psychiatrists and a psychologist conclude Pistorius does not suffer from mental illness.

September 12: Judge Thokozile Masipa finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide or manslaughter.

October 21: The judge sentences him to a maximum of five years in jail. He is taken to Pretoria prison.

2015

October 20: Pistorius is allowed out of prison after just one year to spend the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

December 3: The Supreme Court of Appeal convicts him of murder, saying his testimony was "vacillating and untruthful".

December 8: Pistorius is released on bail pending sentencing, and remains under house arrest.

2016 

March 2: Pistorius, now 29, loses his final bid to appeal his murder conviction.

July 6: He is sentenced to six years in jail for murder, but prosecutors later appeal.

August 14: South African media reports say Pistorius is put on 24-hour suicide watch.

August 26: Masipa, the same judge who issued the six-year term, rejects the State appeal for a longer sentence.

September 15: Prosecutors say they will petition the Supreme Court of Appeal for a tougher sentence for Pistorius, having described the current six-year term as "shockingly lenient".

November 14: The prison authorities say Pistorius has been transferred to a prison adapted for disabled inmates just outside Pretoria to serve the rest of his sentence.

2017 

August 3: Pistorius is taken to hospital for overnight observation, after reportedly suffering chest pains.

November 3: Scheduled hearing for appeal to lengthen Pistorius' six-year term.

READ: Oscar allowed out of jail for grandmother's funeral

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