Oscar Pistorius Birthday: The story of blade runner Oscar Pistorius, who created history in the Olympics, then became the murderer of his girlfriend – Oscar Pistorius Biography Olympics Girlfriend Murder

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  • Oscar earned a name in athletics

  • first released then sentence increased

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, popularly known as ‘Blade Runner’, was born on this day in 1986 in Johannesburg. When Pistorius was a child, both his legs had to be amputated. He gives the credit of his success to his mother. His parents inspired him to play. During his school days, he used to play water polo and rugby. Pistorius created history in the Olympics by running with artificial limbs. Pistorius tried his hand at many sports before becoming a sprinter. He also took wrestling training for a few months.

Oscar earned a name in athletics

Pistorius has won many awards in his illustrious career so far. He won many gold medals till 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Apart from sports, he is also known for social work. He earned the name Blade Runner by wearing blades made of steel in place of prosthetic legs. After doing wonders in the London Olympics, he became the hero of the athletics world.

had murdered girlfriend

Paralympian Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius shot Riva dead after a quarrel. Pistorius said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom. Pistorius was charged with murder and released on bail. His trial began in March 2014. In September 2014, Pistorius’s crime could not be proved in the court. But he was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

first released then sentence increased

He was released in October 2015 and placed on house arrest. However, in December the same year, a five-judge bench found that the lower court had not applied the rule of dolus eventualis properly. After this, the court overturned the lower court’s decision and in July 2016 he was sentenced to six years in prison, and in November 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa increased this sentence to 13 years and five months.

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