Pis­to­rius sen­tenc­ing slated for June

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — South African ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties say sen­tenc­ing hear­ings for Os­car Pis­to­rius, who murdered girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp, will be held in June. A state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day by the of­fice of South Africa’s chief jus­tice says the sen­tenc­ing process for the for­mer track star will be held June 13-17 in a Pre­to­ria court. The state­ment says a pre­vi­ously re­ported April 18 date for sen­tenc­ing had been “pro­vi­sion­ally ar­ranged” pend­ing the out­come of the run­ner’s ap­peal of his mur­der con­vic­tion at South Africa’s con­sti­tu­tional Court. Pis­to­rius had ar­gued that a lower court erred when it over­turned a man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion and de­clared the for­mer Olympic ath­lete guilty of mur­der. The con­sti­tu­tional Court dis­missed his ap­peal. The min­i­mum sen­tence for mur­der in South Africa is 15 years, though it can be re­duced in some cir­cum­stances.

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