Timeline: How the high-profile Pistorius case unfolded

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 17:26 IST

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead on Valentine's Day last year.

South African judge Thokozile Masipa also handed Pistorius a suspended three-year sentence for negligently discharging a firearm in a crowded restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013. The two sentences will run concurrently.

Here's a timeline of how the case unfolded:

February 14, 2013: Pistorius shoots dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.

February 15, 2013: Is charged with murder.

February 19, 2013: Claims in an affidavit that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

February 22, 2013: Is granted bail.

March 3, 2014: Athlete pleads not guilty to murdering girlfriend. Trial opens with neighbour’s account of “bloodcurdling” screams before shots rang out.

April 7, 2014: Tearful Pistorius apologises to Steenkamp’s family, tell court he had “terrible nightmares” since the night he killed her.

June 30, 2014: Experts say they found no sign of mental illness after four weeks of psychiatric tests.

September 11, 2014: Pistorius found not guilty of murder.

September 12, 2014: Is convicted of culpable homicide.

October 21, 2014: Is sentenced to five years in prison.

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