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Pistorius family won’t attend tomorrow’s court proceedings

The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to hand down judgment in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius during his sentencing at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's family say they will not be attending court proceedings in Bloemfontein where a decision on whether the athlete is guilty of murder will be handed down.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will tomorrow deliver its decision on the State's appeal of Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction.

The former Paralympian is currently under house arrest, having served almost a year of his sentence.

He shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day almost three years ago.

In a brief media advisory, Pistorius's family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess says members of the family will not attend court proceedings.

She says an attorney will, however, be sent to Bloemfontein on a 'watching brief'.

Burgess says the family will only respond to the ruling once they've had an opportunity to consult with their legal team.

The State has argued that Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction should be replaced with one of murder.

If successful, the matter will be referred back to the High Court for sentence argument.

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