Oscar Pistorius
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The Oscar Pistorius trial has finally come to a conclusion after four months, and the jury is expected to begin the sentencing in the next two weeks.

If the South African court finds Pistorius guilty of killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the 'blade runner' could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The high-profile case, which has been closely watched by millions across the world since March, would enter the sentencing process on 7 August, thereon the judges will weigh on the final verdict.

Since the start, Pistorius and his team have maintained that he shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 accidentally.

The prosecution, however, had contested the defense, claiming that Pistorius shot his girlfriend in a fit of rage following an argument. The trial came to an end on 8 July and the court is expected to announce the sentence on 7 August.

Meanwhile, the sprint runner has been involved in controversies even away from the courtroom.

The Paralympic gold medallist was involved in a drunken bar fight earlier this month, according to The Telegraph.

During trial, Pistorius had admitted to an increase in his drinking habits since Steenkamp's death.

A psychological report of the athlete submitted to the court claimed that Pistorius had post-traumatic stress disorder and could be a suicide risk, BBC reported.

However, even if the court finds Pistorius not guilty of murder, he may still face culpable homicide charges, which if proved could send him to prison for 15 years.

Pistorius in prison

If convicted, the Olympian may have a harrowing time adjusting to prison life in South Africa, known for its overcrowding.

According to International Centre for Prison Studies, South Africa has a prison occupancy rate of 128 percent, with an overall prison population of 157,394 - the highest in the continent.

The conditions in these prisons are at times pathetic; there have been incidents when the convicts have been locked up for 23 hours a day, with just one hour outside the cell, while there have been allegations of custodial torture - including electric shocks and forced injections - against SA prison authorities, The Week reported.

As per a report in The Guardian, there are cases wherein 88 people were crowded together in a cell meant to house 32 inmates. All sharing one toilet and one shower, while the food is covered in flies. Prisoners have died in these cells due to lack of medical facilities.