Pis­to­rius stripped of de­gree

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

LON­DON — Jailed Par­a­lympian Os­car Pis­to­rius has been stripped of an hon­orary de­gree awarded to him by Strath­clyde Uni­ver­sity in 2012, the Scot­tish in­sti­tu­tion an­nounced on Mon­day.

“We have re­voked the hon­orary de­gree awarded to Os­car Pis­to­rius fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion for cul­pa­ble homi­cide,” said a spokesman from the uni­ver­sity.

Pis­to­rius, 28, was jailed for five years by a Pre­to­ria court last Oc­to­ber af­ter be­ing found guilty of cul­pa­ble homi­cide over the killing of his girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp.

He said he shot her four times through a locked toi­let door in the early hours of Valen­tine’s Day in 2013, be­liev­ing she was an in­truder.

Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued that he de­lib­er­ately killed the 29-year-old law grad­u­ate af­ter a row, but this was not ac­cepted by the trial judge and he es­caped a mur­der con­vic­tion.

— AFP

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