South Africa: Pistorius sentencing set for June

Friday, April 01, 2016

Pretoria — The office of the Chief Justice has confirmed that sentencing in the Oscar Pistorius matter is scheduled to take place between 13 and 17 June.

The office said Pistorius’s appearance on 18 April is only provisionally arranged, pending the outcome of his application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment.

“Sentencing procedures in the Oscar Pistorius matter will not commence on 18 April 2016 as reported in the media.

The 18th of April 2016 was a date provisionally arranged pending the outcome of Mr Pistorius’s application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment.

“The sentencing proceedings will commence de novo from 13 to 17 June 2016 at the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria.”

Pistorius was granted R10 000 bail after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction and replaced it with murder.

The Constitutional Court dismissed Pistorius’s appeal against his murder conviction, saying there was lack of prospects of success.

Pistorius has already served a year in prison after Judge Thokozile Masipa handed him a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.


Source: Source: SAnews.gov.za (Tshwane)