In December last year the Supreme Court of Appeal changed Oscar Pistorius’ verdict of culpable homicide to that of murder for shooting Reeva Steenkamp over three years ago. This week the shamed athlete’s new sentencing procedure dominates global headlines.
This week, Reeva Steenkamp’s father, 73-year-old Barry, told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that he felt like his daughter’s murder on Valentine’s Day 2013, happened ‘yesterday’. It’s been over three years since shamed athlete Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva, his then girlfriend. In December last year the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the original culpable homicide verdict handed down to him by the High Court, to a verdict of murder. This week the second round of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence saw the case once again dominate global headlines. Carte Blanche brings key analysis to these proceedings.