Oscar Pistorius Begins Community Service

Oscar PistoriusSouth African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has begun serving community service, a month after he was released from jail.

The Paralympian was granted parole after serving one year of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

The community service is part of the terms under which he was released.

In his first public appearance since then, he reported to a police station in Pretoria on Saturday wearing sunglasses and carrying a backpack, the BBC reports.

He is serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s home in the city.

The 28-year-old amputee was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, over the death of his 29-year-old girlfriend.

He told his trial last year that he had shot her through a bathroom door because he had mistaken her for an intruder.

The prosecution is appealing against the verdict, saying Pistorius should have been convicted of murder.

Pistorius Released From Prison, Placed Under House Arrest

pistoriusSouth African Olympic and Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has been released from prison and put under house arrest nearly one year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend.

He is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle’s home in Pretoria.

Pistorius, 28, shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door but said he thought she was an intruder.

Ms Steenkamp’s relatives say they think Pistorius is “getting off lightly”.

Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in October last year.

A case lodged by the prosecution appealing that decision is due to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 3 November. State prosecutors say Pistorius should have instead been convicted of murder.

The BBC quoted a spokesman from the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre as saying that the athlete was released on Monday evening, a day earlier than expected.


Pistorius To Be Moved From Prison To House Arrest

pistoriusSouth Africa’s parole board have confirmed that Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison and placed under house arrest next week.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after he was found guilty of culpable homicide or manslaughter, after shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a locked bathroom door.

Pistorius has spent 12 months in jail and will now spend the rest of his sentence under what is termed in South Africa as “correctional supervision”.

An earlier decision to release him in August was blocked by South Africa’s Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, saying it had been made”prematurely”.

Pistorius Case: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa Accepts Prosecutor’s Appeal

PistoriusSouth African prosecutors on Wednesday won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed down to Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and will now seek a murder conviction

The South African judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the acquittal on murder charges of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius .

Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal, but not the five-year sentence given for the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

State prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, said in his application to appeal on Tuesday that the judgement was “shockingly inappropriate” and requested permission to seek a murder conviction, which would carry a minimum 15 year jail term.

Nel argued that even if Pistorius did not know Steenkamp was behind the door when he fired, the athlete showed intent to kill whoever was in the small toilet cubicle.

Pistorius’ lawyers had opposed the appeal request.

The case will now go before South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

During the seven-month trial, the state failed to convince Judge Thokozile Masipa, 67, of Pistorius’ intent to kill when he fired, leading to his conviction for negligent killing – culpable homicide – and a five-year jail term in October.

Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, killed Steenkamp on February 14 last year by firing four 9mm rounds into the locked door of a toilet cubicle in what he said was the mistaken belief an intruder was hiding behind it.

Oscar Pistorius To Know His Fate By Tuesday

PistoriusThe judge handling the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend and athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who is presently undergoing trial is expected to announce his sentence on Tuesday.

The five-day sentencing hearing of athlete, Oscar Pistorius, was adjourned on Friday after both defense and prosecution gave their closing statements.

The five-day sentencing hearing was adjourned on Friday after both the defence and prosecution gave their closing statements.

Mr Pistorius is awaiting the sentence for the conviction of culpable homicide, after he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The athlete could serve a maximum of 15 years in prison for the crime.

The prosecution has called for Mr Pistorius to be incarcerated for 10 years, while the defence has argued that the double amputee should receive a maximum sentence of three years occasional house arrest, community service, and no jail time, claiming that violent South African prisons would “break” the athlete.

Mr Pistorius is also facing sentencing for his conviction of the negligent use of a firearm, for which the maximum sentence is five years. The conviction is for Mr Pistorius’s actions a month before Miss Steenkamp’s killing, when he fired a gun into the floor of a crowded restaurant.

Oscar Pistorius In Nightclub Fight

Oscar Pistorius gestures during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in PretoriaSouth African Olympic and Paralympic track star, Oscar Pistorius, was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defence in his murder trial.

The Star Newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman, Jared Mortimer, at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district after the athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer’s friends.

Pistorius’ spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, said that the argument started after Mortimer started to “aggressively interrogate” Pistorius about the murder trial, which has attracted huge domestic and international attention.

“Our client regrets the decision to go into a public place and thereby invite unwelcome attention,” she said in a statement.

The 27-year-old, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, has been on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Pistorius said that he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet next to his bedroom. The state accuses him of shooting her in cold blood after an argument.

During the trial, which opened in early March, the defence has sought to portray Pistorius as a vulnerable and caring boyfriend who killed 29-year-old Steenkamp accidentally.

The prosecution has argued Pistorius is a gun-obsessed hot-head who often lost his temper and who killed Steenkamp in a fit of rage after an argument.

The case was adjourned until August 7 to allow the legal teams to prepare closing arguments. Judge Thokozile Masipa will then begin her deliberations, extending a trial that has already dragged on over four months.

Pistorius faces life in prison if convicted of murder.


Network Africa: Attacks In Somalia, Tanzania, As Ebola Claims More Lives In W.Africa

Network Africa MAPOn this edition of Network Africa, we look at the Ebola virus as it claims more lives in West Africa with health officials recording up to 25 new deaths.

Oscar Pistorius’s 4 month old trial hits the home stretch, what will it be for the blade runner? Trial resumes on August 7.

Somalia President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, escapes death by the whiskers as Islamist al-shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

For the first time since 1998, Tanzania experiences series of bomb explosions in the month of July as 8 people get badly injured in a blast at a restaurant in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Then hopes stirred again in the rescue of the Chibok girls after over 80 days in captivity as former Heads of State brainstorm on their return.

Network Africa: Soyinka On Nigerian Unity, Latest On Pistorius, Ebola Virus

Network Africa MAPNigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, believes Nigeria is suffering greater carnage at the hands of Islamist group, Boko Haram, than it did during the civil war, yet this does not mean the country’s break up is imminent.

It’s been agreed, that Oscar Pistorius was very much in his right mind, when he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Health ministers from 11 African countries are in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, seeking practical ways to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.

We bring you our conversation with Dr. Femi Akodu, on Nigeria’s response to preventing the virus.


Pistorius Not Mentally Ill

Pistorius 422x280Psychiatrists have found out that double-amputee Olympian, Oscar Pistorius, did not suffer from any mental illness that impacted his ability to know right from wrong when he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The requirement by Judge that Pistorius be observed by a panel of four mental health experts at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa for up to 30 days came after a psychiatrist called by the defense said she diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder.

However, it was announced Monday (June 30) that the experts disagreed and the trial resumed.

The South African sprinter is accused of gunning down Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine’s Day of last year (2013).

Nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius has admitted to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, alleging he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The state contends that Pistorius argued with Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, before killing her.

If found guilty of murder, Mr Pistorius, who went on trial on 3 March this year, could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of that charge, the court would consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could receive about 15 years in prison.

Network Africa: Quest For Justice In Sudan, Egypt, Explosions In Nigeria

Network AfricaThe Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, who enjoyed barely a day of freedom, has been recaptured for a totally different crime.

Then, Egypt deals a shocking blow to freedom of speech, jails 3 international journalists to the minimum of 7 years, turning the deaf ear to all international outcry.

Fewer eligible voters turn up for Libya’s crucial parliamentary elections. Will the votes be enough to unseat the general national congress? Find out what political analysts are saying

A barrage of bomb explosions in Kano, Mubi, Adamawa State and then Abuja the federal capital of Nigeria, even as security operatives and relative agencies step in to manage the situation

We also bring you the unusual “Finger-full” World Cup predictions from a family with six fingers each, rooting for their country at the World Cup.

Network Africa: S.Sudan, CAR Search For Funds As Nigeria Searches For Missing Girls

Network AfricaNetwork Africa looks at how far things have gone concerning bringing back the missing schoolgirls in Nigeria, amidst claims by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, that the military had located the girls.

Demonstrators in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, however, have vowed to carry on with their protests.

South Sudan is relying heavily on the international community as more funds are also needed to save the people of Central African Republic.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says more assistance is needed in an overcrowded and flooded South Sudanese Refugee Camp where almost 100,000 people are sheltered in tents.

Illegal immigration is also on the rise, as migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa penetrate the United Kingdom in search of greener pastures at all cost.

We bring you interviews and reports.


Indian Consulate In Herat, Afghanistan Attacked

Afghanistan_2415914bThe Afghan city of Herat has witnessed another round of violence after heavily-armed gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on the Indian Consulate.

Police say the attackers stormed nearby houses to fire on the compound with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

The gunmen were killed in a firefight with security forces that lasted several hours on Friday in Afghanistan’s third-largest city.

The attackers began their assault on the Indian consulate in Herat hours before dawn, firing guns and rocket propelled grenades from their vantage point in a neighbouring building.

Indian staff at the mission escaped soon after the shooting began at around 3 a.m. Police say Afghan security forces had killed the attackers, who were holed up in buildings overlooking the consulate.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack and no one claimed responsibility, though suspicion would inevitably fall on the Taliban and other loosely associated groups.

The attack has underscored a worrying security picture for Afghanistan as it prepares to take over from foreign combat troops after more than 12 years of war against a Taliban insurgency, and hold a presidential election run-off in June.

The small consulate in Herat, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, is guarded by a team of commandos from the indo-Tibetan border police, with Afghan security forces forming an outer ring.

The Herat mission was considered one of India’s safest in Afghanistan compared with Jalalabad in the East, which was attacked in 2013, and Kandahar in the South.

Afghanistan has seen a surge in attacks in recent weeks as foreign troops begin to withdraw from the country.