South Africa’s appeal court told jailed Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius it will hear prosecutors’ bid for a murder conviction in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in November.
The court set the date after requests from the state and defense attorneys of Pistorius, who was convicted of culpable homicide in October, even though neither party has filed their heads of arguments, Paul Myburgh, registrar at the Bloemfontein-based Supreme Court of Appeal in the central Free State province, said by phone. If convicted of murder, Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in jail.
Pistorius, 28, is serving a five-year jail term after Judge Thokozile Masipa cleared him of murder charges in the North Gauteng High Court in the capital, Pretoria. Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his home when he fired four hollow-point bullets through a locked toilet door on Valentine’s Day two years ago.
The state will file its arguments in August, followed by the defense a month later, Myburgh said.
Pistorius can apply for his existing sentence to be commuted to house arrest in August after having served 10 months in Pretoria’s Kgosi Nampuru prison.