Articles tagged 'oscar pistorius'

Oscar Pistorius 'lenient' sentence challenged 21 July 2016 PRETORIA - South African prosecutors say they will appeal against Oscar Pistorius's six-year sentence for murder, calling it "shockingly too lenient". The National Prosecuting Authority said the sentence was "disproportionate to the crime" and could bring the justice system "into disrepute". ...
Pistorius 'must pay for killing my daughter' 14 June 2016 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius must pay for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her father has told a judge, breaking down in tears. Pistorius was found guilty of murdering Ms Steenkamp after a court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict. The sentencing hearing - ...
Tearful Barry Steenkamp testifies at Pistorius' hearing 14 June 2016 PRETORIA - The father of Reeva Steenkamp has testified in a South African court that her fatal shooting by Oscar Pistorius "devastated" his family and that today he thinks of her "all the time." An emotional Barry Steenkamp spoke at the sentencing hearing for the former track star, who was con...
Pistorius has 'major depression' - psychologist 13 June 2016 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is a "broken" man, a defence witness has said at his sentencing hearing. He was convicted of murder at the end of last year for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He faces a jail term of 15 years, but his sentence can be reduc...
Pistorius sentencing hearing begins 13 June 2016 PRETORIA - A sentencing hearing for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has started in Pretoria. He faces a jail term of at least 15 years, but his sentence can be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors. The hearin...
Oscar Pistorius denied leave to appeal 4 March 2016 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Constitutional Court has made the ruling, meaning Pistorius will now be sentenced in April. Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 201...
Pistorius parole hearing date set 27 August 2015 PRETORIA - The review board which will decide whether South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should be released from jail will meet on 18 September, reports say. The justice minister blocked his early release, which was due last Friday. He said the decision by the parole board to free the at...
Pistorius release 'may be reviewed' 19 August 2015 PRETORIA - South Africa's justice department is considering intervening to prevent Oscar Pistorius' early prison release. Justice Minister Michael Masutha says he is seeking advice over the legality of a parole board decision to free the Olympic athlete on Friday. Pistorius has spent 10 mon...
Oscar Pistorius in appeal challenge 25 February 2015 PRETORIA - Lawyers for jailed South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius have launched a legal bid to prevent prosecutors from appealing against his acquittal on murder charges. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal. She had sentence...
Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years 21 October 2014 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. The prosecution had called ...
Oscar Pistorius 'broke': Lawyer 17 October 2014 PRETORIA - The sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius has heard that the South African athlete has no money left, as both sides' final arguments were made. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide last month after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, but was cleared of mu...
Pistorius 'community service' row 13 October 2014 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should not go to jail over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his sentencing hearing has been told. A probation officer appearing for the defence said Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service. Prosecutor Gerrie N...
Nyongani wants Oscar back on track 15 September 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwean sprinter Talkmore Nyongani, a former training partner of disabled South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, says he would be “delighted” to see the blade runner free and back on the track again. Nyongani made the remarks after Pistorius was last week cleared of premeditated mu...
Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide 12 September 2014 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide after the judge found he killed his girlfriend by mistake. Judge Thokozile Masipa said the athlete acted "negligently" when he fired shots through a toilet door, but in the "belief that there was an int...
Pistorius cleared of murder charges 11 September 2014 PRETORIA - The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has ruled out all murder charges, but says he may still be guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter). Judge Thokozile Masipa said the prosecution had failed to prove the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend deliberately in the toilet after a ...
Pistorius told 'snowball of lies,' says prosecution 7 August 2014 PRETORIA - The main prosecutor in the trial of Oscar Pistorius has argued that the South African athlete cannot avoid a conviction for murdering his girlfriend. Gerrie Nel accused the athlete of being a "deceitful witness" who told the court a "snowball of lies". Mr Pistorius denies murderi...
Pistorius 'had no mental disorder' 30 June 2014 PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius did not have a mental disorder when he killed his girlfriend, a psychological report said as his murder trial resumed. This means the Olympic athlete was criminally responsible for his actions when he shot her, the prosecution said. The defence team argued Mr Pist...
Pistorius ordered to undergo mental evaluation 14 May 2014 PRETORIA - The judge in the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has ordered that he should undergo a mental evaluation. She ruled that psychiatric evidence before the court could not replace "a proper inquiry" into his mental health. Correspondents say the trial, which began in M...
Pistorius 'broken' after shooting girlfriend 5 May 2014 PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius "was broken" after shooting his girlfriend, his neighbour has said, as the murder trial resumed after a two-week break. Johan Stander was the first person the athlete called after shooting Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. The Sou...
Nyongani relives time with Pistorius 22 April 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwean athlete Talkmore Nyongani, who trained Oscar Pistorius in the build up to the blade runner's 2012 London Olympic participation – says he is saddened by the tragic turn of events in the life of the South African champion sprinter – who is being charged with the murder of his gi...
Pistorius' cross-examination ends 15 April 2014 PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius didn't consciously pull the trigger the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, the sprinter testified at his murder trial Tuesday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete said he was "overcome with a sense of terror and vulnerability" before he shot through a closed bat...
Oscar trial: 'Bull terrier' takes centre stage 10 April 2014 PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius felt first-hand the bite of prosecutor Gerrie Nel minutes into his cross-examination at his murder trial. Mr Nel is known as "the bull terrier" in court circles, and now the whole world is beginning to see why. He has a reputation for being ruthless and merciless ...
Oscar: I was more into Reeva Steenkamp than she was me 8 April 2014 PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius told the court at his trial Tuesday that he was "more into" the girlfriend he's accused of murdering, Reeva Steenkamp, than she was into him. In his second day of testimony the double-amputee runner known as the Blade Runner delved deeper into his relationship with t...
Pistorius trial postponed 28 March 2014 PRETORIA - The trial of Oscar Pistorius, accused of killing his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was postponed until April 7 because one of two assessors was hospitalized. The assessors will help the judge decide the verdict. South Africa does not have jury trials. Pistorius killed Steenk...
Pistorius trial: Prosecution rests case 26 March 2014 PRETORIA - The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius after 15 days and 21 witnesses, setting the stage for the South African sprinter to take the stand in his own defense as soon as Friday. Pistorius is likely to be the first defense witness called. Pist...