REEVA STEENKAMP

  • Pretoria judge allows prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict December 10, 2014

    Pretoria: A South African judge, on Wednesday, granted prosecutors the right to appeal against the acquittal of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius from murder charges. Pistorius was jailed for five years in October for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee athlete claimed in his defence that he accidentally shot Steenkamp thinking...
  • Oscar Pistorius appeal ruling delayed December 9, 2014

    Pretoria: A South African judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling on whether to allow the prosecution to appeal against Oscar Pistorius's five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, saying she needed more time. After listening to arguments from the prosecution and the defence, judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the hearing until tomorrow,...
  • Judge to rule on Oscar Pistorius appeal December 9, 2014

    Johannesburg: A South African judge will rule Tuesday on whether to grant a state appeal that would open the way for para-athlete Oscar Pistorius to serve more time behind bars for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecution lawyers applied for an appeal after Judge Thokozile Masipa in October sentenced the...
  • Oscar Pistorius' lawyers oppose verdict, jail sentence appeal November 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have formally opposed an appeal by the state against the South African athlete's culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down last month, prosecutors said on Friday. Pistorius was sentenced in the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the state failed to convince judge...
  • South African prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence November 4, 2014

    Johannesburg: The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month. Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the...
  • South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence October 27, 2014

    South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. "Oscar Pistorius judgement, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said...
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide October 21, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" he showed when he shot her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to...
  • Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on Tuesday for girlfriend's killing October 20, 2014

    A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history - and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of the country's justice system. The Olympic and Paralympic runner was convicted of culpable...
  • Oscar Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison, says prosecutor October 17, 2014

    Pretoria: South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, the state prosecutor said at the close of the athlete's sentencing hearing on Friday. Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the session until Tuesday, when she is...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'can't get away with this', Steenkamp's cousin tells court October 16, 2014

    Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius needs to go to jail for the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, a cousin of the slain model told a South African court on Thursday. "I feel we need to send a message to society that you...
  • 'Steenkamp family ruined by Pistorius shooting' October 15, 2014

    Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "ruined" Reeva Steenkamp's family when he shot her dead, her cousin told a sentencing hearing on Wednesday. The 27-year-old double amputee, who was one of the biggest names in world athletics, was last month convicted of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, for killing Steenkamp,...
  • Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend's death after divisive trial October 12, 2014

    Pretoria: Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Monday to find out whether he will serve a long stretch behind bars for the negligent killing of his model girlfriend, or walk out a free man. After a six-month, on-off trial that captivated South Africa, and millions more...
  • Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide, sentencing on Oct 13 September 12, 2014

    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there...
  • Judge to announce final verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case today September 12, 2014

    The trial of blade runner Oscar Pistorius will resume on Friday. On Thursday Oscar was not found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by the judge Thokozile Masipa as she rendered part of her verdict. Oscar still faces a culpable homicide conviction and a maximum sentence of fifteen years...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down sobbing as South African judge reads verdict September 11, 2014

    Johansburg: South African track star Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears as Judge Thokozile Masipa read out her verdict in his murder case in a Pretoria court on Thursday. Shoulders shaking, the Olympic and paralympic star bowed his head and sobbed as he listened to Masipa, who earlier said the state...
  • Judge clears Pistorius of premeditated murder, says can't be found guilty September 11, 2014

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Although she described the 27yearold as a "very poor" and "evasive" witness, judge Thokozile Masipa said...
  • South African court to deliver verdict in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today September 11, 2014

    It's DDay for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. A South Africa court will deliver the verdict of Pistorius' murder trial today more than 18 months after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. If he is found guilty of premeditated murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison. ...
  • Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities' September 11, 2014

    Eighteen months ago, when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of "improbabilities" in the Olympic and Paralympic star's account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius's freedom hangs on...
  • Oscar Pistorius' murder trial verdict set for Thursday September 10, 2014

    Johannesburg: A South African court will announce its verdict on Thursday on athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused in the shooting death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, officials said on Wednesday. The sentence hearing is expected to get underway at 9.30 a.m. Thursday in the final proceedings of a trial that began...
  • Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities' August 12, 2014

    Johannesburg: Eighteen months ago when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of "improbabilities" in the Olympic and Paralympic star's account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius's freedom hangs...
  • Oscar Pistorius shot using 'primal instincts', says defence August 8, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday. Double amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'lonely and alienated': family July 16, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder was 'unwise' but it was done because the 27yearold is 'lonely and alienated', his family said on Wednesday. Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • Defence team closes case in Oscar Pistorius murder trial July 8, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius' defence team wrapped up its case in the murder trial of the Olympic and Paralympic athlete on Tuesday and the court adjourned for a month to allow the legal teams to prepare and submit their closing arguments. Pistorius, who had his lowerlegs amputated as a baby, could face life...
  • Australian TV news airs Oscar Pistorius shooting 'reenactment' July 7, 2014

    Sydney: An Australian current affairs television programme aired footage on Sunday of a reenactment by Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius of the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. With Pistorius' murder trial still underway in South Africa, the family lawyers of the accused athlete said the "visual mapping" reenactment was...
  • Oscar Pistorius at increasing risk of suicide, says psychologist July 2, 2014

    South African Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering...
  • Oscar Pistorius had no mental disorder at time of shooting: Psychiatrists June 30, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star on trial for murder for shooting his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday. Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic...
  • South African court orders Oscar Pistorius to undergo mental evaluation May 14, 2014

    A South African court on Wednesday ordered Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to undergo evaluation for mental illness, further delaying a murder trial that has already stretched into its 32nd day. The state had asked for the evaluation after a psychiatrist told the court this week that Pistorius, who...
  • Pistorius has anxiety disorder, psychiatrist tells court May 12, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has an anxiety disorder brought on by an unstable childhood and the "traumatic assault" of having his lower legs amputated as a baby, a psychologist told the court hearing the South African track star's murder trial on Monday. Pistorius was born with fibulas in his lower legs, leading to...
  • Oscar Pistorius accused of 'sinister' remark in court May 6, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" remark to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday during a break at his murder trial. Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" The accusation by...
  • Oscar Pistorius' nextdoor neighbours testify at the trial May 6, 2014

    Pretoria, South Africa: A married couple who lived next to the house where Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend testified Tuesday at the athlete's murder trial about the night of the killing, saying they both heard a man crying loudly in a highpitched voice and calling three times for help. Michael...