Latest Oscar Pistorius News

  • Pistorius to be released on parole on August 21
    Pistorius to be released on parole on August 21 Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole on Aug. 21 after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, authorities said. The Olympic and Paralympic track star is behind bars in the capital, Pretoria, after being convicted in October after a seven-month trial. The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, had been largely expected under South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars. More »

  • Pistorius recommended for release on Aug 21: S. African official
    Pistorius recommended for release on Aug 21: S. African official Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee sprinter who shot dead his girlfriend, is scheduled to be freed on parole on August 21 after serving ten months in jail, officials said Monday. More »

  • S. African court rules appeal against Pistorius can go ahead
    S. African court rules appeal against Pistorius can go ahead Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A South Africa court dismissed Friday an attempt by Oscar Pistorius's lawyers to stop an appeal that could see the fallen Paralympian hero spend significantly more time behind bars for killing his model girlfriend. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius lawyers fail to stop prosecution's appeal against sente …
    Oscar Pistorius lawyers fail to stop prosecution's appeal against sente … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The defence for Oscar Pistorius on 13 March failed in a bid to stop prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide conviction handed down to the athlete for killing his girlfriend. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail by High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. South African prosecutors will now be able to appeal the culpable homicide conviction and seek a murder conviction. Accordingly, the order that I grant in this matter, is to strike off the application," Judge Thokozile Masipa told the court. More »

  • Pistorius fails in bid to stop South Africa prosecutors from pursuing murder …
    Pistorius fails in bid to stop South Africa prosecutors from pursuing murder … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A South African court on Friday struck down athlete Oscar Pistorius' bid to block prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide verdict handed down against him, in favour of a murder conviction, for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic track star is currently serving a five year prison sentence after being convicted in October of culpable homicide after a seven-month trial. A murder conviction might see him jailed for at least 15 years. During the trial, the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of Pistorius' intent to kill when he fired, leading to his conviction for negligent killing or culpable homicide. More »

  • Pistorius fails in bid to stop S.Africa prosecutors from pursuing murder ve … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A South African court on Friday struck down athlete Oscar Pistorius' bid to block prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide verdict handed down against him, in favour of a murder conviction, for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic track star is currently serving a five year prison sentence after being convicted in October of culpable homicide after a seven-month trial. A murder conviction might see him jailed for at least 15 years. During the trial, the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of Pistorius' intent to kill when he fired, leading to his conviction for negligent killing or culpable homicide. More »

  • Pistorius Filmed Playing Football In Prison
    Pistorius Filmed Playing Football In Prison Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A video has emerged of Oscar Pistorius playing football in prison with a notorious Czech criminal. More »

  • Pistorius challenges prosecution's right to appeal
    Pistorius challenges prosecution's right to appeal Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius's lawyers have mounted a legal challenge to the state's right to appeal the disgraced athlete's manslaughter conviction, his legal team said Tuesday. More »

  • Pistorius advert gets most complaints ever in Britain
    Pistorius advert gets most complaints ever in Britain Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    An advertisement making light of the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius received by far the most complaints ever in Britain, the advertising watchdog said on Friday. More »

  • Pistorius stripped of degree by Scottish university
    Pistorius stripped of degree by Scottish university Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been stripped of an honorary degree awarded to him by Strathclyde University in 2012, the Scottish institution announced on Monday. More »

  • Istanbul heroism or Chelsea slip: How will Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard be …
    Istanbul heroism or Chelsea slip: How will Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard be … Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Tiger Woods and Oscar Pistorius will forever find their sporting legacy overshadowed by their misdemeanours away from competition. More »

  • Pistorius did not 'throw wobbly' over appeal: lawyer
    Pistorius did not 'throw wobbly' over appeal: lawyer Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius's lawyer denied Friday that the jailed athlete had "thrown a wobbly" after learning he could face a much harsher punishment for killing his girlfriend. More »

  • Prosecutors Can Appeal Pistorius Verdict
    Prosecutors Can Appeal Pistorius Verdict Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Prosecutors who say Oscar Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder rather than culpable homicide can launch an appeal. More »

  • South Africa prosecutors will seek murder conviction against Pistorius
    South Africa prosecutors will seek murder conviction against Pistorius Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African prosecutors on Wednesday won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed down to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and will now seek a murder conviction. The decision could leave Pistorius open to a prison sentence of at least 15 years if he is convicted of murder. "I cannot say the prospect of success at the Supreme Court is remote," Judge Thokozile Masipa said in granting the appeal. ... More »

  • Judge grants application for Pistorius murder appeal
    Judge grants application for Pistorius murder appeal Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A South African judge on Wednesday cleared the way for prosecutors to seek a murder conviction against Oscar Pistorius, after he was sentenced to five years in jail for the lesser charge of manslaughter over the killing of his girlfriend. More »

  • S.Africa prosecutors win bid to appeal Pistorius conviction Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    (Corrects first paragraph to show prosecutors won right to appeal conviction, not sentence) PRETORIA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - South African prosecutors on Wednesday won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide conviction handed down to Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend and will now seek a murder conviction. "I cannot say the prospect of success at the Supreme Court is remote," said Pretoria High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa in granting the appeal. (Reporting by Peroshni Govender; Editing by Joe Brock and John Stonestreet) More »

  • Judge due to deliver Pistorius appeal ruling
    Judge due to deliver Pistorius appeal ruling Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A South African judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to grant an appeal against Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence, opening the door for the Paralympian sprinter to face a tougher jail term. More »

  • Pistorius appeal ruling delayed
    Pistorius appeal ruling delayed Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    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. More »

  • Pistorius Appeal: Jail Term 'Shockingly Low'
    Pistorius Appeal: Jail Term 'Shockingly Low' Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    South African prosecutors have argued that Oscar Pistorius' five-year jail term for manslaughter is "shockingly inappropriate" as they try to secure a longer sentence for the athlete. More »

  • South African prosecutor appeals Pistorius verdict
    South African prosecutor appeals Pistorius verdict Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African prosecutors appealed on Tuesday against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year prison term imposed on athlete Oscar Pistorius for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, saying it was "shockingly inappropriate". Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic track star, maintained throughout his seven-month trial that he shot Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, by mistake, thinking she was an intruder hiding behind the bathroom door in his house in Pretoria. ... More »

  • South African court to rule on Pistorius appeal
    South African court to rule on Pistorius appeal Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A South African judge will rule Tuesday on whether to grant a state appeal that would open the way for Oscar Pistorius to serve more time behind bars for shooting his girlfriend. More »

  • Pistorius birthday visit may have bent prison rules: report
    Pistorius birthday visit may have bent prison rules: report Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, received a long visit from his brother and sister for his 28th birthday that may have bent the rules of his incarceration, a South African newspaper reported Sunday. More »