Sunday 18 February 2018

South African man jailed over Oscar Pistorius scam attempt

Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term
Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term

A man who posed as a South African prosecution official and targeted Oscar Pistorius in a scam attempt has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Tshifhiwa Radzhadzhi, 33, was arrested in March after telling Pistorius that he could quash the former Olympic runner's conviction for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in exchange for about €23,000.

Radzhadzhi was arrested on March 18 while receiving some of the money from Pistorius in a police sting operation, and was convicted of corruption and impersonating a prosecutor.

Pistorius, who murdered Steenkamp in his home in 2013, was sentenced on July 6 to six years in prison after a long legal battle.

South African prosecutors have appealed the sentence, saying it is too lenient.

Press Association

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