South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has returned to court today for sentencing.

Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympian, known as Blade Runner, has returned to court to determine whether he will serve up to 15 years in jail or walk out a free man.

Pistorius has denied murdering Ms Steenkamp after a row on Valentine's Day last year.

The Paralympic sprinter says he shot Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate by mistake through a toilet door at his home, who he believed to be an intruder.

His psychologist was the first defence witness to speak at the sentencing hearing.

The parents of Ms Steenkamp said "justice was not served" after Pistorius was acquitted of murder.

June and Barry Steenkamp told NBC News of their "disbelief" that the court had believed Pistorius' version of events.

Earlier, Arnold Pistorius, the athlete's uncle, said the family was "deeply grateful" to the judge for finding him not guilty of murder and that a "big burden" had been lifted.

The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.


by for www.femalefirst.co.uk


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