Oscar stripped of honorary doctorate

Oscar Pistorius (File: AFP)
Oscar Pistorius (File: AFP)

Cape Town – Convicted Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, has been stripped of his honorary degree, four months after being jailed for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to reports.

According to the Scottish newspapers the Herald, a spokesperson for Strathclyde University said they have revoked Pistorius’s honorary doctorate following his conviction for culpable homicide.

The athlete was jailed for five years last October by Judge Thokozile Masipa, for shooting Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day nearly two years ago.

Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door.

Eyewitness News reported the 28-year-old received the honorary doctorate from the Glasgow-based university in November 2012 for his outstanding sporting achievements, just a few months before the shooting.

Susan Jack of domestic abuse charity Glasgow Women's Aid told the Herald that Pistorius was not an appropriate role model and was happy that his degree had been revoked.

Late last year the state was granted a leave to appeal the Paralympian’s conviction.

The case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius.

At the ruling of the appeal Masipa acknowledged that prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate "questions of law" that should be studied by the appeals court.

"This might have a practical effect" on the conviction, Masipa said at the time.

Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.

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