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Date set for Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for girlfriend's murder

Date set for Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for girlfriend's murder

South Africa's former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court in Pretoria where a judge scheduled five days in June to sentence him for the murder of his girlfriend.

The 29-year-old double amputee sprinter, who was found guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was greeted by a small group of supporters outside the court.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said the sentencing hearing for Pistorius will be held from June 13 to 17.

Pistorius had appealed against his murder conviction at South Africa's Constitutional Court, arguing that a lower court erred when it overturned his manslaughter conviction and found him guilty of murder. The Constitutional Court judges dismissed his appeal.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, though it can be reduced.