Friday, April 1, 2016

Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for murder in June, faces minimum of 15 years

oscaFormer Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius will face
sentencing for murder of former girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp in June, 2016. The 29-year-old athlete
was denied the right to appeal against his murder
conviction for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by
South Africa's highest court.
He faces a minimum of 15 years in jail and is on bail
until his sentencing, due to take place between 13 -
17 June.osbHe was released in October 2015 after serving less
than a year of his original five-year sentence.
Pistorius' manslaughter conviction for shooting dead
Ms Steenkamp was upgraded to murder by an
appeals court in December, 2015.
The judges said he should have known that death
was inevitable after he fired four times into the
toilet, leaving Ms Steenkamp with "nowhere to
It ruled that the original trial judge had made a
"fundamentally flawed" judgement. They also
accused the appeals court of "making errors of law"
and incorrectly applying the legal concept of 'dolus
eventualis' - awareness of the likely outcome of one's action.

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