South African Appeals Court to Give Verdict on Oscar Pistorius This Week

Updated: 01 December 2015 20:52 IST

Oscar Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was released from jail on October 19 after serving one year of a five-year sentence and is under house arrest.

South African Appeals Court to Give Verdict on Oscar Pistorius This Week
If convicted of murder, Oscar Pistorius faces a 15-year jail sentence. © AFP

Pretoria:

A top South African appeals court says it will rule this week on whether to overturn a manslaughter conviction against Oscar Pistorius and find the double-amputee Olympian guilty of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (South African State Appeal to Push for Oscar Pistorius Murder Conviction)

The registrar's office of the Supreme Court of Appeal said in an email to journalists on Tuesday that the judgment will be announced on Thursday morning. (Oscar Pistorius Reports for First Community Service)

Pistorius, 29, was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was released from jail on October 19 after serving one year of a five-year sentence and is under house arrest.

If convicted of murder, Pistorius faces a 15-year jail sentence. The appeals court can also order a retrial or rule that Pistorius' manslaughter conviction was correct.

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