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Factbox - South Africa state lawyers seek murder conviction for Oscar Pistorius
November 3, 2015 / 8:12 AM / 2 years ago

Factbox - South Africa state lawyers seek murder conviction for Oscar Pistorius

(Reuters) - Timeline of events in the case of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was released on parole in October just short of a year into his five-year jail term for culpable homicide after shooting his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013.

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear an application by state lawyers to convict the double-amputee gold medallist of outright murder, which carries a minimum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

- Born on November 22, 1986 in Johannesburg.

- Born without fibulas, Pistorius has both legs amputated below the knees before turning one-year-old.

- After learning to walk on prosthetic legs, Pistorius becomes a keen sportsman in high school, turning to sprint training in 2003.

- Running on carbon fibre prosthetic blades which earn him the nickname “Blade Runner”, Pistorius becomes a Paralympic gold medallist over 200m in Athens in 2004. Wins three golds at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008.

- Arrested and charged with murder after firing four shots at his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home on February 14, 2013.

- High court judge convicts Pistorius of culpable homicide in September 2014 after sensational seven-month trial, letting him off the more serious charge of murder. Also convicts him of firing a pistol under the table of a packed Johannesburg restaurant but cleared of the illegal possession of ammunition and firing a pistol out of the sun-roof of a car.

- Pistorius starts his five-year jail sentence on Oct 21.

- State lawyers file an appeal against both the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence in early November and Pistorius’ lawyers oppose the motion.

- Prosecutors win their bid in December after Masipa rules that she “cannot say the prospect of success at the Supreme Court is remote”.

- On August 19, 2015, South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha blocks Pistorius’ release on parole due in two days, saying decision to free him was made without the right legal basis.

- Pistorius finally released to house arrest on October 19, after serving less than a year of his sentence, in line with South African guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.

- Pistorius to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle Arnold’s home in a wealthy suburb of the capital, Pretoria.

Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by James Macharia

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