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Next hearing for Pistorius sentencing in Steenkamp murder case in June

world Updated: Apr 18, 2016 14:47 IST
Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius speaks on his phone after he appeared for a postponement of his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday.(Reuters)

A judge will hand down a sentence to South African athlete Oscar Pistorius for murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in June.

Pistorius’ lawyers last month failed in their final legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that upgraded his conviction from culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter -- to murder.

The double-amputee killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, on Valentine’s Day three years ago, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he shot four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

“Your matter is postponed until June 13, and it will be heard until June 17, do you understand?” judge Aubrey Ledwaba told Pistorius, who answered “Yes”.

Pistorius, wearing a black suit, black tie and white shirt, left the court and walked through a scrum of television camera crews outside to get into a vehicle.

The former paralympic champion, 29, faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, which may be reduced due to time he has already spent in prison.

He was released from prison in October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s property in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide.

The SCA judges in December described his testimony at his trial in 2014 as “untruthful” and delivered a damning indictment of the original verdict.

They found him guilty of murder, overruling the culpable homicide conviction.