Date set for Pistorius appeal

first_imgCAPE TOWN (AP): Oscar Pistorius’ case will be heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on November 3, when prosecutors will ask a panel of five judges to reject his trial verdict and convict the double-amputee athlete of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Supreme Court announced the date yesterday. The court said the appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ acquittal for murder will be heard by a panel headed by the president of the Supreme Court. Two of the five judges are women. Pistorius was last year found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home in 2013. He testified he mistook her for a dangerous intruder. Prosecutors accused Pistorius of killing Steenkamp intentionally after a fight and said Judge Thokozile Masipa made errors at the murder trial last year. They want the Supreme Court to re-examine her verdict. The Supreme Court could overrule Masipa and find the Olympian guilty of murder, order a new trial, or decide Masipa was correct. A murder conviction in South Africa carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail. The country no longer has the death penalty. Pistorius was sentenced by Masipa to five years in prison for culpable homicide an unintentional but still unlawful killing equivalent to manslaughter. He is currently in jail in Pretoria waiting for a parole review board to decide if he should be released early to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. A second hearing to decide if he should be released was postponed last week with no date given for when it will take place.last_img read more

Kuru Kuru residents protest deplorable state of road

first_imgFrustrated parents, teachers and even students of the Kuru Kuru Primary and Secondary Schools on Monday morning took to the streets to protest the impassable condition of the main access road to the community.A section of the protestersThe road deteriorated massively over the past 18 years. Guyana Times understands the road which leads to the institutions – which are all housed on one plot – is currently lined with huge holes that cause severe damage to vehicles.Parents expressed their concern over the condition of the road, which buses would have to traverse to take their children to and from school.They referred to the holes as soars and vowed to continue protesting until the relevant authorities look into the situation.One teacher who spoke with this publication cried, “The road is very deplorable going into the Kuru Kuru College. As recent as Wednesday, there are some buses contracted… about three times they nearly turn over in the road (and they were) fully loaded with school children… we will continue until Friday, unless we have some intervention from somebody giving us some assurance that it will be done”.Guyana Times understands that hundreds of children usually use the access road to the schools, in addition to other students who take advantage of other courses being offered by the College.That teacher added, “The situation has been going on for about 18 years, but it start to deteriorate more in these latter times. Coming down to these times now, it start getting worse”.According to him, the last rehabilitation works were done several years ago and has left commuters fearful of traversing, especially while in vehicles.A parent complained too that after her son related to her that the bus he was travelling in almost toppled, she became fearful and is supporting the call for the road to be fixed as soon as possible.last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA club in Letterkenny has warned fans going to the Ulster Final that they may have to change their tickets after the Ulster Council ban on unaccompanied children on the terraces at Clones this Sunday.In a statement, St Eunan’s said: “Anyone that had terrace tickets ordered for U-16’s must either upgrade to stand tickets or cancel their order…. This is also the last call for new orders which must be placed by 5.30pm today.“Please state stand or terrace, student / adult / OAP or U-16 etc. etc. No orders will be accepted after this time. And spread the word!!” GAA CLUB ISSUES NOTICE TO FANS AFTER RULE CHANGE FOR FINAL was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more