A South African court will convene in June to determine disgraced Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a judge said in Pretoria on Monday.
Pistorius’s lawyers last month failed in their final legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal judgement that upgraded his conviction from culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, to murder.
The double-amputee killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day three years ago, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he shot four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
“Your matter is postponed until June 13, and it will be heard until June 17, do you understand?” Judge Aubrey Ledwaba told Pistorius, who answered “Yes.”
Pistorius left the court after the brief hearing and walked through a scrum of television camera crews outside to get into a vehicle.
The former Paralympic champion, 29, faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, which may be reduced due to time he has already spent in prison.
He was released from jail in October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s property in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide.