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All Eyes on Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius


The world’s media will once again focus on Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius whose matter will be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
Pistorius, 28, was found guilty of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day in 2013 by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the Northern Gauteng High Court in October last year.
The State is appealing the judge’s ruling.
Prosecutors believe that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder.
During his 6-month-long trial, the “Blade Runner” claimed he shot the model because he mistook her for an intruder. He was given a 5-year sentence, but released under house arrest after spending nearly a year in jail.
Unless the court on Tuesday changes his sentence, Pistorius is expected to spend the remainder of his prison sentence at his uncle’s plush Pretoria home.
While the precise conditions placed on Pistorius have not been made public, his family said they are strict and the athlete will abide by them.
If the SCA decides that he is guilty of murder, which carries with it a lengthy 15-year jail term, Pistorius would have to return to prison.
Reeva’s father, Barry Steenkamp, has apparently said that he would like to meet Pistorius to seek closure over the killing of his daughter.
“I think I will get more closure one day if I get the chance to speak to Oscar myself,” said Steenkamp.
“Most probably I wouldn’t have to say anything. I will just have to look at him… but that is what I would like to do one day.”

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