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« Reply #200 on: December 03, 2015, 07:45:34 AM »

Still not enough punishment imo
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« Reply #201 on: April 21, 2016, 07:21:32 AM »

http://www.fox7austin.com/sports/124901572-story
South Africa: Pistorius to be sentenced in June for murder
April 18, 2016

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius appeared briefly in a Pretoria court where a judge scheduled five days in June to determine his sentence for the conviction of murdering his girlfriend.

The sentencing hearing for Pistorius will be held from June 13 to 17 at Pretoria High Court.
 
The sentencing hearing will be heard by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius's trial and found him guilty of manslaughter, a verdict that was overturned by a higher court that found him guilty of murder.

Pistorius had appealed his murder conviction at South Africa's Constitutional Court, arguing that a lower court erred when it overturned his manslaughter conviction and found him guilty of murder. The Constitutional Court judges 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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« Reply #202 on: June 12, 2016, 11:22:40 AM »

A glance at Oscar Pistorius's re-sentencing, now for murder
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius is going back to jail. The only question now is for how long? It could be 15 years.

The double-amputee Olympic runner's sentencing hearing opens Monday after he was convicted of murder by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

It'll be the second time Pistorius has been sentenced for the killing following an appeal by prosecutors. The three-year legal saga that began with the fatal gunshots in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 now appears to be near its end.

WHY IS PISTORIUS BEING SENTENCED AGAIN?

Pistorius was initially convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, at his 2014 trial for shooting Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home. He testified he mistook the model and reality TV celebrity for a nighttime intruder hiding in a bathroom, and shot with his 9mm pistol in self-defense fearing an attack. The trial judge accepted part of Pistorius' story, and he was given a five-year jail sentence based on the judge's ruling that he acted recklessly, but didn't mean to kill. 


WHAT IS HE FACING?

Possibly 15 years in prison. That's the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa, which no longer has the death penalty.

Legal experts say a judge can reduce that sentence in some circumstances, and that Pistorius' disability and the fact that he is a first-time offender could be taken into account. He has also already served a year in prison.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/glance-oscar-pistoriuss-sentencing-now-murder-125126084--spt.html
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« Reply #203 on: June 13, 2016, 06:19:35 AM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-sentence.html
Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Hearing Begins
June 13, 2016



LONDON — Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, appeared in a court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Monday to await his sentencing for murder. The sentencing would bring to a close a case that has riveted and divided South Africa.

Mr. Pistorius, 29, was found guilty in December of murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after South Africa’s top appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The court found that the earlier conviction had been based on a misinterpretation of laws and an erroneous dismissal of circumstantial evidence.

The appeals court said that Mr. Pistorius, who has said repeatedly that he accidentally killed Ms. Steenkamp under the mistaken belief that an intruder had broken into his home, should have foreseen that his actions would cause the death of a person.
 

In September 2014 — after a lengthy and highly publicized trial that was likened to the 1994-95 trial of O.J. Simpson in the United States — Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa of the High Court in Pretoria convicted Mr. Pistorius of culpable homicide but found him not guilty of murder. The judge found that prosecutors had failed to present “strong circumstantial evidence” and to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Pistorius had shown intent to kill.

Prosecutors, and Ms. Steenkamp’s family, argued that Mr. Pistorius had deliberately killed his girlfriend after an argument.

Although Mr. Pistorius was regarded as a hero to many in South Africa, the trial revealed another, darker side: a man with a mercurial temper, given to jealousy and occasional anger; an aggressive driver; an irresponsible gun owner; and a celebrity who was used to getting his way.

In presenting their case before the Supreme Court of Appeal, in Bloemfontein, prosecutors argued that Judge Masipa had misinterpreted a crucial legal concept in finding Mr. Pistorius not guilty of murder.

They argued that Mr. Pistorius should be found guilty because — under a legal principle known as dolus eventualis — he should have known that firing through the locked door would kill the person inside. The appeals court agreed.

Mr. Pistorius was released from prison in October after serving one year of the five-year sentence for manslaughter, and he has been living under house arrest.

The sentencing hearing, before Judge Masipa, on Monday came after a psychologist, Jonathan Scholtz, gave an extensive and largely sympathetic account of Mr. Pistorius’s background, personality and mental health.

Dr. Scholtz said that Mr. Pistorius showed symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder; was taking psychiatric medication; and had problems with short-term memory.

“I don’t think he is able to be a witness in this trial: His condition is severe,” Dr. Scholtz said.
 

Dr. Scholtz said that Mr. Pistorius “has found some solace in the belief that the deceased is with God,” and that he was enrolled in a degree program at the University of London. He urged the court not to sentence Mr. Pistorius to additional time in prison, arguing that further incarceration “would not be psychologically or socially constructive” and that Mr. Pistorius was not a threat to society.

Mr. Pistorius, once a gun enthusiast, had sold his firearms, Dr. Scholtz said.

“He is adamant that he never wants to touch or fire a firearm again,” the psychiatrist said.

Mr. Scholtz gave his largely sympathetic account under questioning from Mr. Pistorius’s defense lawyer, Barry Roux.

But Gerrie Nel, the chief prosecutor, who cross-examined Dr. Scholtz, suggested that Mr. Pistorius had not expressed remorse for his crime.

“Does he understand that he committed murder?” Mr. Nel asked.

“Yes,” Dr. Scholtz said.

“In what way?” Mr. Nel asked.

The prosecutor then made it clear that he was unconvinced.
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« Reply #204 on: June 14, 2016, 04:59:38 PM »

Father Calls for Release of Photos of Reeva Steenkamp's Body in Oscar Pistorius Case
The father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman who was killed by famed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, today tearfully asked a court to release photos of his daughter's body so the public can see her wounds.

Pistorius was found guilty of murdering girlfriend Steenkamp after a court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict on appeal. Today’s sentencing hearing, which started Monday, is to decide whether he will face more jail time.

Pistorius' Mental State Worsening, Psychologist Testifies
The National Prosecuting Authority has said it wants the South African athlete to spend a minimum of 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home in February 2013, which Pistorius has said was an accident.

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Father Calls for Release of Photos of Reeva Steenkamp's Body in Oscar Pistorius Case
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The father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman who was killed by famed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, today tearfully asked a court to release photos of his daughter's body so the public can see her wounds.

Pistorius was found guilty of murdering girlfriend Steenkamp after a court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict on appeal. Today’s sentencing hearing, which started Monday, is to decide whether he will face more jail time.

Pistorius' Mental State Worsening, Psychologist Testifies
The National Prosecuting Authority has said it wants the South African athlete to spend a minimum of 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home in February 2013, which Pistorius has said was an accident.

Barry Steenkamp today said he wants the world to view the photos of his daughter's body "to see what was inflicted upon her and the pain she must have gone through" because it might, in some way, prevent a similar incident.

He also described to the Pretoria court how he misses his daughter every "morning, noon and night" and that since the slaying, he has developed a habit of sitting on his veranda in the early hours of the morning, smoking cigarettes and looking at photos of his daughter that were sent to him by well-wishers.

Steenkamp was not the only person crying in the emotion-filled courtroom. Pistorius sat with his head in his hands, sobbing, as Steenkamp testified about the morning he found out that Reeva had been killed.

Steenkamp said that he and his wife, June, had forgiven Pistorius, but that he should pay for his crime. Steenkamp also mentioned that he would like to speak to Oscar in private one day.

On Monday, professor Jonathan Scholtz, a psychologist called by Pistorius's defense, said the Paralympic gold medal winner is a "broken" man whose mental state has deteriorated. He also said he would hospitalize Pistorius if he were his patient, and said that his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had worsened over the past few years.

Pistorius competed at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, making history, as the first amputee allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes.

A ruling is expected by Friday.


https://www.yahoo.com/gma/father-calls-release-photos-reeva-steenkamps-body-oscar-171003649--abc-news-topstories.html
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« Reply #205 on: June 20, 2016, 09:39:46 AM »

Pistorius Family Reports Threats Ahead of Murder Sentence
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHANNESBURG — Jun 20, 2016, 9:33 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius and other relatives have been threatened in an extortion attempt ahead of the former track star's sentencing on July 6 for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius' family said Monday.

South African police said they are investigating alleged threats of violence made in WhatsApp messages to Arnoldus Pistorius, a cousin of the double-amputee Olympian.

"We are aware of the allegations," said Brig. Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks, a police investigative unit.

The man who sent the messages initially told Pistorius' cousin that he had evidence that would undermine testimony for the prosecution at Pistorius' sentencing hearing last week, said Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family.

The man wanted payment for the alleged evidence and became "very abusive" when it became clear that he wouldn't get it, Burgess wrote in an email to The Associated Press. The man threatened to arrange for Pistorius to be assaulted in jail if he is sent back there, according to a transcript of a text message reported by City Press, a South African newspaper.


http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pistorius-family-reports-threats-ahead-murder-sentence-39984370
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« Reply #206 on: July 06, 2016, 10:18:13 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/06/oscar-pistorius-sentenced-to-6-years-in-prison-for-murder-girlfirend.html

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder of girlfriend
Published July 06, 2016

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian described by a judge as a "fallen hero," was sentenced on Wednesday to six years in a South African prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a ruling viewed by some as too lenient.

However, Judge Thokozile Masipa appeared to anticipate criticism of a jail term that fell far short of the normally mandated 15 years for murder under South African law, declaring: "Our courts are courts of law, not courts of public opinion."

Pistorius, who shot Steenkamp through the door of a toilet cubicle in his home in 2013, was asked to stand and face Masipa as she announced his sentence in a wood-paneled courtroom in the South African capital, Pretoria. He was calm after the ruling, embracing his aunt and tearful sister before being led down a courtroom staircase to a holding cell ahead of being taken to prison.
 
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« Reply #207 on: November 03, 2017, 08:44:51 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pistorius-case-returns-prosecutors-seek-longer-sentence-50903936?cid=clicksource_4380645_5_heads_posts_headlines_hed
Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence
November 3, 2017

A judge "overemphasized" Oscar Pistorius' disability and was far too lenient on the double-amputee athlete, prosecutors said Friday as they tried to convince a South African court to more than double his prison sentence from six to 15 years for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"Murder is murder," chief prosecutor Andrea Johnson told a five-judge panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. She asked them to overturn Pistorius' initial sentence and give him the prescribed minimum of 15 years. There is no death penalty in South Africa.

If the court agrees with prosecutors that he deserves a harsher sentence, Pistorius, now 30, could remain in prison until after he turns 40.

The judges did not deliver a decision on Friday. Typically, Supreme Court judges take a couple of weeks before the senior judge returns to read out the decision, which is made through a simple majority.

Nearly five years after the once-admired Olympic runner first appeared in court for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door at his home, Pistorius' fate is still not certain.

He was not present at Friday's hearing as he serves his sentence at a prison near the capital, Pretoria. He has served more than a year of his six-year term. Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, did attend. Speaking outside the courthouse, her lawyer said the Steenkamp family supported prosecutors' attempt to get a longer sentence.

Prosecutors had two arguments to make to the court. First, they needed to apply for permission to appeal Pistorius' sentence. They were asked by the judges to also present their arguments for why, if their appeal is allowed, his sentence should be increased.

This is the second time prosecutors have gone to the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein to challenge a decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius' trial.

In 2015, prosecutors successfully appealed against Masipa's judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder. The court overturned Masipa's verdict of culpable homicide — or manslaughter — and convicted Pistorius of murder.

Legal analysts say, however, it is more difficult to get the court to change a sentence.

After the manslaughter conviction was overturned, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murder, a term just one year longer than her original sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutors called that sentence "shockingly" light.

Judges can deviate from prescribed minimum sentences if there are compelling circumstances. The prosecution says there were no compelling reasons.

"What we are saying is the court exercised its discretion inappropriately," prosecutor Johnson said, calling the six-year sentence "unjust."

She said Pistorius still had not shown "genuine remorse" for killing Steenkamp and that Masipa put the athlete's personal circumstances and his disability ahead of the need for "retribution" when she sentenced him.

Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 when, without his prosthetic legs on, standing on his stumps and feeling vulnerable, he shot four times through the cubicle door.

Masipa's initial sentence was appropriate in the circumstances, Pistorius' defense lawyers said, and his disability was not exaggerated. Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition.

"Of course his disability is mentioned, but it can't not be mentioned," defense lawyer Kelly Phelps said. "It is one of the factors of this case. We can't magic away his disability."
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« Reply #208 on: November 11, 2017, 05:08:31 PM »

The Question of Why Oscar Pistorius Killed Reeva Steenkamp Is Still a Mystery Open to Endless Interpretation

On Aug. 29, 2012, Oscar Pistorius proudly carried the flag of South Africa as he and his country mates walked in the Parade of Nations during the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.

During the ensuing fortnight, the athlete known as "Blade Runner"—for the prosthetics he had not only mastered but on which he flew through the air with the greatest of ease—would win two gold medals and a silver. Born without tibia, Pistorius' legs were amputated beneath the knee when he was 11 months old.

The greatest controversy in his life till then had been the uproar over whether he should've been allowed to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as officials and experts debated over whether his Flex-Foot Cheetahs—his J-shaped carbon fiber prostheses—gave him an unfair advantage over runners equipped with "only" their biological legs. Even when he did make history as the first-ever amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, his reception in the sporting world was split.

Alas, the situation was a case of he-said, who-knows? The only other person who could truly attest to what went on in those final moments before Pistorius pulled the trigger was dead.

While the world at large had rooted for him as an athlete, a picture started to emerge of a much more complicated man, one born with a tremendous physical disadvantage but into economic privilege in a country where the gap between haves and have-nots can be staggering; a man who was always on, his mind as well as his body firing away on all cylinders; an athlete who was fiercely competitive and disciplined when it came to diet and training but prone to insomnia; a man at ease with himself and yet, at times, seemingly on edge.

After Steenkamp's death, police confirmed that there had been prior calls about domestic incidents at Pistorius' house, including in 2009 when he spent a night in jail for allegedly slamming the door on a 19-year-old woman's leg during a party at his house after she refused to leave; an assault charge was eventually dropped.

http://www.eonline.com/news/891942/the-question-of-why-oscar-pistorius-killed-reeva-steenkamp-is-still-a-mystery-open-to-endless-interpretation
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