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Pistorius returns to high court after murder conviction

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Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius will be back in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday for an appearance ahead of formal sentencing proceedings.

Pistorius will be resentenced after his culpable homicide conviction was overturned for a stronger conviction of murder.

Last week, the NPA confirmed that prosecutors had been engaged in deliberations since the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein that overturned Judge Thokozile Masipa’s finding.

The NPA has said it wanted the process to be concluded as soon as possible.

The SCA ruled on Thursday in favour of the State, setting aside Masipa’s 2014 culpable homicide conviction.

The unanimous judgment was clear – Pistorius gambled with the life of the person behind the toilet door by firing four shots with a heavy-calibre firearm into a small space.

It referred the matter back to the trial court for sentencing.

The SCA’s ruling came almost three years after Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

He spent a year in prison and was released in October to serve the remainder of his five-year sentence under correctional supervision. NEWS24

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