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Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced from 13 to 17 June for Reeva's murder

APRIL 18, 2016
Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced from 13 to 17 June for Reeva's murder

Former Paralympian and convicted murderer, Oscar Pistorius, will now be sentenced on the 13th of June. The announcement follows his brief court appearance on Monday at the Pretoria High Court. There had been doubts that he would appear in court after reports emerged that he had been admitted to hospital over the weekend.

Pistorius' sister, Aimee, and father, Henke, were the only family members, who were with him at the court.

Pretoria Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba, said the proceedings will run from June 13 to June 17 and asked Pistorius whether he understood that he had to be back in court in June.

Pistorius, through his legal representation, also used the opportunity to complain to the court that the electronic device monitoring his movements is faulty and keeps going off although he is at home.

The Department of Correctional Services were to check the device after the court adjourned.

Although his bail conditions were also formally amended, Pistorius remains under house arrest at his uncle’s Waterkloof mansion in Pretoria. If he wants to travel outside the stipulated hours of 7am to noon, he may only do so with the permission of the investigating officer.

He may not travel outside a 20 kilometres radius from the Waterkloof residence, and only with the permission of the investigating officer. The investigating officer must first inform correctional services of Pistorius’s movements and report back to the accused before he leaves the house.

Pistorius has now been convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model from Port Elizabeth, on Valentines Day 2013, after the State successfully had the courts overturn a culpable homicide conviction that was handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa in 2014.

Meanwhile, a handful of picketers from a group calling themselves the "International supporters of Oscar Pistorius" were also at the court to show their support for the fallen star, who they claim is innocent and is a victim of an unjustice system.

On the group's Facebook page, one posted; "A contact of Oscar's has said I can pass this message on -

'Oscar asked me to please let you all know how very much he appreciates all the time, effort, caring and prayers on his behalf. He is so grateful for all the support that is offered, and asks that you please continue, especially with prayers. For a number of reasons he is not on facebook, otherwise he would certainly respond. I think we all know this, but he just asked me to pass this on. He is very much aware of how much you are all doing.'"

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