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Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on October 13

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail until October 13, when the athlete will be sentenced after being found guilty of culpable homicide.

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Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday ruled that the athlete had "acted negligently" by shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead at his home on February 14 2013.

Pistorius faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years as a result of the conviction and will return to North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria next month to discover his fate after Judge Masipa accepted a request for bail to be extended.

The 27-year-old was also charged with a firearms offence, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Pistorius, who is expected to stay with family after selling his house, showed little emotion when Judge Masipa delivered her verdict a day after she acquitted him of two murder charges.

Judge Masipa said: "This court has already found that the accused cannot be found guilty of pre-meditated murder. It also cannot be said that he accepted the possibility.

"Evidential material before this court however shows that the accused acted negligently when he fired the shots through the toilet door.

"Another person with similar disabilities would have seen that they would have injured the person behind the door."

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel later stated that the Olympic and Paralympic athlete should not be granted bail until sentencing commences as he could flee the country.

Nel also argued that the sprinter may be a suicide risk and pointed to a July nightclub incident Pistorius was involved in.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux stated that Pistorius' sold his houses in order to pay legal fees and disputed the facts of the nightclub incident, while also assuring the court that Pistorius would not skip bail.

And Judge Masipa opted against remanding Pistorius in custody.

"At this stage of the proceedings, after the conviction. The state has made an application for the bail to be denied.

"This has been opposed. The accused has disposed of three of his properties. The accused is staying with his family. The accused had visited a night club during this case.

"An incident happened where the accused and the other party involved was thrown out of the nightclub.

"After this incident the family made a media release stating that the accused was self-harming.

"I have considered these submissions by the counsel. This is not a schedule 5 or 6 offence. With regards to why the property was sold, I am of the view of the explanation is satisfactory."

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