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Oscar sentencing to begin on June 13

Sentencing proceedings against Oscar Pistorius will go ahead on June 13.

He made a brief appearance in the Pretoria High Court on Monday‚ his first since he lost his final bid to be able to appeal his murder conviction.

The double-amputee athlete must be sentenced afresh after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last year overturned his culpable homicide conviction for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and replaced it with a murder conviction.

Pistorius‚ 29‚ shot Steenkamp‚ 29‚ through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on February 14 2013.

He said that he had fired the four shots believing that an intruder was hiding behind the door and his life and Steenkamp’s were in danger.

The Constitutional Court last month dismissed Pistorius’ application for leave to appeal to that court against the SCA ruling.

Pistorius has not been seen in public since that decision.

He has been out on bail of R10 000 and has been living at his uncle Arnold’s luxury home in Waterkloof‚ Pretoria‚ ever since his release from prison in October last year.

He had served about a year of the five-year jail term imposed on him before being released under correctional supervision.

The Office of the Chief Justice announced last month that Pistorius’s sentencing proceedings have been set down for June 13 to 17 after agreement between the state and defence lawyers and Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba.