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Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder of model girlfriend

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 11:39 IST

Johannesburg, July 6 (ANI): A South African high court on Wednesday will pronounce its order on the quantum of sentence for convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who killed his model girlfriend Steenkamp in 2013.

According to Sport24, a lawyer not involved in the case said that Judge Thokozile Masipa could deviate from giving the minimum of 15 years for murder considering factors such as Pistorius' disability and the year he has already spent in prison.

Earlier in December, the double-amputee athlete was found guilty of murder after the Supreme Court overturned his previous culpable homicide conviction following the state's successful attempt in challenging the verdict.

Pistorius, famously known as the Blade Runner, was released on parole in October 2015 and has been placed under house arrest since then at his uncle's house after serving almost a year in prison of his five-year sentence.

According to the South African law, the minimum sentence for murder is 15 years in prison.

Last month, the 29-year-old, in his first interview since his girlfriend's death, had expressed that he didn't want to go back to jail while adding that he 'would like to help the less fortunate' if he was given the 'opportunity of redemption'. (ANI)

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