The legal saga which followed Paralympic gold medalist, Oscar Pistorius murder of his girlfriend will finally be coming to an end.
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced by a top court to 15 years in jail for the murder of ex-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This verdict cannot be appealed as the judge ruled that he had used up all his legal options.
At first Pistorius had received a 5-year sentence for culpable homicide [manslaughter]. After an appeal heard by the court, the sentence was upgraded to murder.
Judge Thokozile Masipa is presiding over the ongoing pre-sentence hearing at the Pretoria High Court today.
Pistorius’ lawyers hope to appeal through witnesses to Masipa’s leniency citing his health, disability and good behavior during his imprisonment for the initial conviction.
The prosecution will also call in witnesses to testify against Oscar Pistorius, citing his lack of regret for murdering Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius as well as Reeva’s father, Barry Steenkamp might take a stand to plead the sentence. Barry Steenkamp has been adamant about Pistorius receiving a lengthy jail term so that justice will be served.
The legal ups and downs regarding Pistorius’ murder of Steenkamp has been disappointing to fans, to say the least.
The Johannesburg-born was amputated below the knee on both legs at the early age of 11 months. The Paralympic athlete was nicknamed ‘blade runner’ for the carbon-fibre prosthetic blades he used to race. He was seen as a champion against adversity, even a role model to some.
He was also the first double amputee to compete against physically fit athletes. The sprinter has a couple of medals to his name, including two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
In 2013, Oscar Pistorius shot his model girlfriend through a locked toilet door. According to him, he had mistaken her for an intruder.
Pistorius will discover his fate by the end of the week.