Oscar Pistorius, the South African former Olympic track star is to wait till the month of June to know his fate in the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The sentencing hearing for Pistorius is scheduled from June 13 to 17 at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. The ABC news reports that at the court yesterday, Pistorious was cheered by supporters who appealed for a lesser sentence for him. Some also said prayers for the athlete in the courtroom.
The sentencing hearing will be heard by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius’s trial and found him guilty of manslaughter, a verdict that was overturned by a higher court that found him guilty of the more serious charge of murder.
Pistorius appealed his murder conviction, arguing that a lower court erred when it overturned his manslaughter conviction but the Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal.
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although it can be reduced in some circumstances.
The 29-year-old double amputee sprinter, was found guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, has already spent one year in the hospital wing of Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. He is currently serving the remainder of his five year manslaughter sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s home in Pretoria.