South African one-time golden boy Oscar Pistorius is likely be sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. The Olympian could be facing 15 years in prison after an appeal court finds him guilty.
Once an ace sprint runner, Pistorius spent recent months under home arrest at his uncle’s luxurious home. Sadly, he could be facing a long term in jail, the verdict of which will come out by the end of this week.
His extraordinary story attracted media attention since the fateful night in February 2013 that changed his life forever.
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He has been portrayed as an arrogant man with a penchant for guns and reckless behavior in the media. Abc.net.au notes that he was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend by firing four bullets through the locked bathroom of his home.
He was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide (manslaughter), but served less than the term before he was sent to home detention. The move erupted outrage among campaigners against domestic violence and rape in South Africa. However, after serving his term under house arrest, he did not return to prison.
Right from the beginning, the track star has argued in his defense that it was a mere tragic accident as he thought she was an intruder inside his Pretoria home. His legal team tried to appeal against the murder conviction, which was ruled out by South Africa’s highest constitutional court in March.
Back in 2014, Pistorius gave a tearful apology in the court, “I have terrible nightmares about things that happened that night, where I wake up and I can smell blood, and I wake up to being terrified.”
As the hearing this week will be a continuation of the original trial, the same judge, Thokozile Masipa, will preside. Although her original verdict raised lots of controversies, she has always been praised for her calm authority.
According to John Carlin who attended the players’ former trial and is also an author of a book on the former athlete, “The South African justice system has come out of this very well. The trial was conducted in an intelligent and mature way that was impressive by any world standards,” reported The Guardian.
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