All eyes on Judge Masipa as Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate

Oscar Pistorius' fate lies in the hands of Judge Thokozile Masipa, who will today sentence him for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at the High Court in Pretoria.

The world-renowned Paralympian athlete served a year of a 5-year sentence at Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria, after Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Gerrie Nel appealed the ruling, which the Supreme Court of Appeal converted to a murder charge.

The world has heard in detail how on Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius fired four shots through his bathroom door at this Silverlakes residence, killing Steenkamp.

EWN Reporter, Gia Nicolaides, shares some insights regarding the matter. Listen below:

Below is a timeline, detailing how the case has unfolded over the years:

  • 14 February 2013: Oscar Pistorius shoots dead Reeva Steenkamp at his Silverlakes residence in Pretoria
  • 19 August 2013: Pistorius appears in Pretoria Magistrate's Court to be served with the state's indictment
  • 3 March 2014: Pistorius trial for the murder of Steenkamp commences, with Judge Maspia presiding over the case. Gerrie Nel as the prosecutor and Barry Roux as the defense
  • 8 August 2014: Case concludes after final closing arguments
  • 12 September 2014: Pistorius acquitted of murder and convicted of culpable homicide
  • 21 October 2014: Pistorius sentenced to a maximum of 5 years of imprisonment at Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria for culpbale homicide
  • 4 November 2014: National Prosecuting Authority's Gerrie Nel applies for permission to appeal Masipa's ruling, citing 5-year prison term as 'shockingly light, inappropriate and would have been imposed by any reasonable court'
  • 10 December 2014: Prosecutors granted permission to appeal the verdict and case is presented to a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein
  • June 2015: Pistorius recommended for early release on good behaviour, for not being a danger to the community and for serving a 6th of his sentence
  • 19 October 2015: Pistorius released from Kgosi Mampuru Prison and put under house arrest
  • 3 December 2015: Prosecution's appeal is heard in the SCA. Panel of 5 judges unanimously overturn Pistorius' culpable homicide conviction and finds him guilty of murder
  • 8 December 2015: Pistorius granted bail to house arrest pending an appeal to the Constitutional Court of South Africa
  • 3 March 2016: Constitutional Court of SA denies Pistorius appeal
  • 13 June 2016: Pistorius appears in High Court in Pretoria to start sentence hearing for murder conviction. Sentencing adjourned until 6 July, 2016.

This article first appeared on 702 : All eyes on Judge Masipa as Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate


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