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Day 3 of Pistorius sentencing proceedings to get under way

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Sentencing proceedings for former Paralympian and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius are expected to continue at the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Sentencing procedures have been set down for a week before Judge Thokozile Masipa, who originally sentenced Pistorius in October 2014.

During Pistorius’s trial on Tuesday, the court was shown a photo of Reeva Steenkamp’s head wound after Pistorius shot her through the door of his toilet on February 14, 2013.

Steenkamp’s father Barry gave a heartfelt testimony on the impact of his daughter’s murder.

Pistorius shot his model girlfriend four times through the locked door of the toilet in his Silver Woods Country Estate home. He claimed he thought there was an intruder behind the door and that Steenkamp was still in bed.

In October 2014 Masipa sentenced him to five years behind bars after finding him guilty of culpable homicide.

The National Prosecuting Authority approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to argue that he should have been found guilty of murder.

Pistorius was released on October 19 last year, to serve out the rest of his sentence under correctional supervision at his uncle Arnold’s house. He had spent nearly a year in Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

On December 3 last year, the SCA overturned his culpable homicide conviction, and replaced it with the more serious one of murder. It sent the matter back to the high court to determine an appropriate sentence.

The SCA found Masipa committed an error in law by incorrectly applying the principles of dolus eventualis when she found him guilty of culpable homicide.

[Source: News24]
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