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Pistorius stripped of honorary degree

A Scottish domestic abuse charity said it was delighted with the decision.

Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The University of Strathclyde confirmed it had stripped Oscar Pistorius of his honorary degree, just four months after the athlete was convicted of culpable homicide.

The Olympian and paralympian was sentenced to five years in prison after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day almost two years ago.

Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door.

When the Glasgow-based university bestowed an honorary doctorate on him, a professor described the athlete as a role model for millions of people around the world.

A university spokesperson confirmed to the _Herald _newspaper in Scotland that the degree had been revoked.

The doctorate was awarded to the 'blade runner' in November 2012 for his outstanding sporting success, just three months before the crime took place.

Pistorius said in his acceptance speech the people of Scotland were always warm towards him and he considered the country his second home.

A Scottish domestic abuse charity said it was delighted with the latest developments because Pistorius was no longer an appropriate role model.

Judge Thokozile Masipa late last year granted the state leave to appeal the athlete's culpable homicide conviction.

Pistorius could once again face murder charges if the state is successful on appeal.

The matter will be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.

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