Oscar Pistorius in court on bail plea

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due in court to apply for bail after judges changed his manslaughter conviction to murder last week.

Pistorius now faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The 29-year-old killed Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day after shooting four times through a locked toilet door.

He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.

Pistorius is a six-time Paralympic gold medallist whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby. He made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012, running on prosthetic “blades”.

‘Dolus eventualis’ rule

The BBC understands that the prosecution and defence lawyers have privately agreed that he should be allowed to remain at his uncle’s house in Pretoria until he is formally sentenced next year. The date for sentencing is also expected to be announced on Tuesday.

There may be mitigating circumstance which could see the duration of the sentence reduced, reports our South Africa correspondent Karen Allen.

Last week, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein accepted prosecution arguments and ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the concept of “dolus eventualis” – whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.

Source: BBC

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