Oscar Pistorius will receive murder sentencing in June

The judge informed the former athlete in Pretoria court today

Oscar Pistorius will receive murder sentencing in June

File photo of Oscar Pistorius at the Magistrates Court in Pretoria, South Africa in 2013 | Image: Themba Hadebe / AP/Press Association Images

A court in South Africa has finalised the dates for the sentencing of former Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for murder.

The sentencing will begin on June 13th and will be heard until June 17th, High Court Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said.

The disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist made a brief appearance in court to hear the judge's decision.

He faces a minimum of 15 years behind bars for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The 29-year-old was originally sentenced to five years in prison for the lesser charge of "culpable homicide" - South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter.

In December, however, the Supreme Court upgraded the "culpable homicide" conviction to murder after ruling the original trial judge had made a "fundamentally flawed" judgement.

Three months later, the country's top court rejected his right to appeal against his murder conviction.

Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day 2013.

During his trial he maintained he fired out of fear for his life after believing an intruder was in his property, however the prosecution said he shot Ms Steenkamp after an argument.

The judges who upgraded his conviction argued that he should have known death was inevitable after he fired through the toilet door four times, leaving Ms Steenkamp with "nowhere to hide".

Pistorius served less than a year of his original five-year jail term after he was freed to live under house arrest at his uncle's property in October.