Oscar Pistorius expected in court tomorrow

The convicted murderer will appear in the High Court in Pretoria for the postponement of sentencing hearing.

FILE. Oscar Pistorius smiles during the first day of his trial in the North Gauteng High Court on 3 March 2014. Picture: POOL.

JOHANNESBURG - Criminal attorney Tyrone Maseko says he believes Oscar Pistorius will not be handed down a harsh jail term when he is sentenced for the 2013 murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius is expected to appear in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow morning for the postponement of sentencing hearing.

The office of the Chief Justice says during the hearing, which is expected to last between 30 minutes and an hour, the sentencing proceedings of the disgraced athlete will be formally postponed to 13 June.

Pistorius was originally found guilty of culpable homicide but after an appeal by the prosecution, the conviction was overturned and he was found guilty of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Maseko says Pistorius's legal team's task is to convince Judge Thokozile Masipa to hand down a sentence of less than 15 years.

"The test is that the defence would have to show substantial and compelling reasons why the court ought to depart from that minimum sentence. Pistorius has already spent time in jail - that has to be considered. I don't think it's likely we'll see him sentenced to 15 years."