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Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for murder on July 6

South African paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced on July 6 for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The double-amputee's manslaughter conviction was overturned last year by an appeals court, which convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

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Pistorius defence: 'Misconceptions' about his intent

Oscar Pistorius listens to the closing remarks in the trial Credit: Reuters

The defending lawyer for Oscar Pistorius has said that there is a "misconception" that Oscar wanted to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Barry Roux, defending for the athlete, said that there are "substantial and compelling circumstances" to pass a sentence that deviates from the mandatory 15 years.

Oscar Pistorius was a man on his stumps who did not want to kill his girlfriend, and was in fear of his life, he said, and therefore his sentence should be reduced.

He also referred to a case where a father mistakenly shot his own daughter, thinking she was an intruder. The man was not prosecuted.

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