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The day has come for former Olympic winner and athlete, Oscar Pistorius to know his exact fate as he awaits his sentence on Tuesday.
Last week, the Pretoria high court saw an intense and dramatic final hearing from the prosecutor and the defence, both arguing the case pushing for their own interpretation of the verdict that was passed by Judge Thokozile Masipa last month. The 27-year-old was found guilty of 'Culpable Homicide' as the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he had intentionally 'murdered' Pistorius' 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
While the prosecutor accused the South African double amputee for using his disability as an excuse to evade jail, the defense argued that the humiliation and remorse he suffered after the incident was enough punishment already, and that he must either be kept under house arrest or allowed to do community service.
The melodramatic, action-packed plot of the more than half-year trial has consumed much of the media's prime-time in every corner of the earth and all eyes will be glued to television sets or online platforms on Tuesday to see what exact fate lies for the fallen hero of South Africa.
Where to Watch Live
Get Live Updates of Oscar Pistorius Sentencing from IBTimes (India): Reeva Steenkamp Killer Gets 5 Years in Prison
The final judgement of Oscar Pistorius Sentencing 2014 will begin during the same time his trials were held other days: 7:30am GMT (9:30 am local time, 2:30am EST, and 1:00pm IST).
The entire sentencing will be broadcast live on the 24-hour pop-up channel launched earlier in the year especially for the Pistorius Trial. The channel on DStv, called 'The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel' will be streaming round-the-clock coverage of the sentencing.
The live channel will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact. It will go on air on DStv's channel 199. See the list HERE.
The channel can be viewed online HERE. (You will require subscription and a Connect ID)
In addition to that, follow the official Twitter handle of the Oscar Trial Channel 199 for minute-by-minute live tweeting of the events. Also check the official Facebook page of the Oscar Trail Chennel 199 for live updates.
Additionally check updates from the Twitter Handle of Oscar Pistorius' Public Relations team. The PR team, earlier in the year, had claimed to give 'factual updates' and 'hard truth' about the events of the trial when a new handle was launched earlier in the year.
How to Access Live Updates on TV and News Websites:
It could also be convenient for viewers to switch to any of the international news channels for live broadcasting of the sentence as they will all be live-streaming the entire event. This will allow viewers to get minute-by-minute updates on the sentencing procedures by Judge Thokozile Masipa.
Television viewers could switch to their trusted news channel while online browsers could try the following options: For the US viewers check CNN. For Britain or Asia, try the World Service of BBC HERE. Sky News will also have a live broadcast HERE. For Canada, check CBC.
Key Points Box:
- In her ruling Judge Masipa said that prosecutors had failed to prove an intent to kill when Pistorius fired four rounds of bullets through he locked door of a toilet cubicle.
- Pistorius, who has often been compared to OJ Simpson of the United States, has always maintained that he mistook Steenkemp for a dangerous intruder.
- Since there is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide in South Africa, there are statistical chances – although unlikely – that the blade runner will just walk free.