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Tuesday 28 Oct 2014

South African state prosecutors will appeal the verdict and five-year jail term handed down to fallen track star Oscar Pistorius over the killing of his girlfriend last year.

The "NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) will be appealing both the conviction and sentence", spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Monday.

Pistorius began a five-year prison stretch on October 21 after being found guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter.

But trial judge Thokozile Masipa found there wasn't enough evidence to convict the 27-year-old athlete of premeditated murder.

Her verdict angered the state prosecution, which had sought to prove that Pistorius deliberately shot dead 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Details of the appeal have not yet released, but South African criminal lawyers had expressed shock that Masipa found that Pistorius could not have foreseen that someone would die when he fired the shots that killed Steenkamp.

Legal experts complained that the ruling could open the door to systematic abuse of the legal system, or to people believing it would be OK to shoot in an irresponsible manner.

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Wednesday 22 Oct 2014

(Reuters)

Oscar Pistorius has arrived at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he will begin a maximum five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"He is already accommodated at Kgosi Mampuru," correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said.

The South African Paralympian star sprinter has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, in the climax of his sensational trial.

The 27-year-old was led straight down to the cells after the sentence was read out on Tuesday by Judge Thokozile Masipa in a final court hearing watched around the world.

"Count one, culpable homicide: the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa told Pistorius.

The double amputee known as the Blade Runner for his speed on his prosthetic legs, killed 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

He was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for accidentally firing a pistol under a table at a restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

Pistorius stood stock-still in the dock as he was sentenced in the Pretoria courtroom, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.

Lawyers said, however, that Pistorius will probably not serve the full term for the offence of culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter, and perhaps as little as 10 months.

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Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

Oscar Pistorius's brother and sister have given a string of television interviews ahead of the sentencing of South Africa's star athlete for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympian could on Tuesday be jailed for 10 years or ordered to serve house arrest when High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa hands down her sentence.

The judge had last month acquitted the double amputee track star of murder, but found him guilty of culpable homicide, a conviction whose penalty ranges from a fine to time behind bars.

The prosecution wants him locked away for 10 years while the defence argued for three years of "correctional supervision", which is the equivalent of house arrest.

The defence also suggested that while serving house arrest Pistorius could do 16 hours of community service a month, cleaning a Pretoria museum.

"It's obvious we can't speculate what the outcome will be tomorrow," said older brother Carl Pistorius in an interview with the eNCA television channel on Monday.

"It has been a taxing 20 months ... and no doubt tomorrow will also be difficult," he added.

It was the first time Carl and younger sister Aimee have spoken publicly since the fatal shooting.

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PRETORIA (Reuters) - A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history - and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of...
The Olympic and Paralympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting dead 29-year-old law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria in February 2013.Judge Thokozile Masipa cleared Pistorius of the more...
Saturday 18 Oct 2014
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Prosecutors called on Friday for South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius to be jailed for at least 10 years for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, and sentencing in his sensational trial was...
 Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby and who was long admired as an inspiration for disabled people, was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, at...
Friday 17 Oct 2014
A South African prosecutor says Oscar Pistorius should be jailed for at least 10 years for killing his girlfriend.
Oscar Pistorius should be jailed for at least 10 years for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the prosecution says as the star sprinter's sensational trial approached its climax.Slapping down defence claims that the "broke and broken"...