• Pistorius stripped of degree by Scottish university

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    LONDON: Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been stripped of an honorary degree awarded to him by Strathclyde University in 2012, the Scottish institution announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    “We have revoked the honorary degree awarded to Oscar Pistorius following his conviction for culpable homicide,” said a spokesman from the university.

    Pistorius, 28, was jailed for five years by a Pretoria court in October after being found guilty of culpable homicide over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    He said he shot her four times through a locked toilet door in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, believing she was an intruder.

    Prosecutors argued that he deliberately killed the 29-year-old law graduate after a row, but the trial judge did not accept this and he escaped a murder conviction.

    The case is due to go before South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, which could see Pistorius handed a heavier sentence.

    AFP

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