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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 - ...
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...
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 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...
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...
Pistorius could take stand next week 20 March 2014 PRETORIA - The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder case expects to rest early next week, prosecutor Gerrie Nel announced unexpectedly on Wednesday. Nel has only four or five more witnesses to call, he declared to the shock of the courtroom just before lunch on the 13th day of the trial. ...
Oscar Pistorius had 'big love for guns' 11 March 2014 PRETORIA - A friend of Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that the athlete "had a big love" for guns. Darren Fresco said that he had been with him on two occasions when a gun had been fired in public. Mr Pistorius once accidentally fired a gun in a restaurant but made him take the bl...
Five big questions for Oscar 10 March 2014 PRETORIA - The pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together — but whose story will be vindicated? After five days and nine witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, both the prosecution and defence have started to show their hands. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is relying on witnesses who w...
Pistorius neighbour 'heard fight' 4 March 2014 PRETORIA - A second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013. Mr Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to intentionally killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. ...
Pistorius' murder trial begins 3 March 2014 PRETORIA - With his past triumphs now tarnished because he shot to death his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius will today enter court to be confronted with the jarring possibility that he will be sent to prison for at least 25 years. For the champion runner without legs, who trained himself to overc...
Pistorius trial: Bid to crack iPhone code 2 March 2014 PRETORIA - South African investigators have reportedly flown to America in a bid to retrieve information from Oscar Pistorius’ mobile phone ahead of his murder trial in Pretoria tomorrow. It is understood three senior investigators have requested Apple’s help to unlock the athlete’s iPhone so ...
SA police conclude Pistorius investigation 15 August 2013 PRETORIA - Police have concluded their investigation of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius, as the State prepares to serve the indictment on him. The athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day this year and is currently out on R1 million bai...