The National Prosecuting Authority on Tuesday said the sentencing of a former Bank of Athens treasurer, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, for the murder of his wife and father has been postponed.

Pietropaolo was supposed to be sentenced in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday but the matter was postponed to 5 November to give him an opportunity to consult a private social worker to present a pre-sentencing report in mitigation of a lesser sentence.

He was found guilty of the 2017 murders of his estranged wife, Manuela, who was shot nine times in her home in Brackenhurst, south of Johannesburg, and his father, Pasqualino, who was killed nine months before Manuela. Pasqualino’s death was initially believed to be a botched house robbery.

Pietropaolo was also found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and defeating the ends of justice.

During court proceedings, the media reported on Monday that it was revealed that the same gun was used to kill them.

Many details in the case have emerged in the last three years.

The delay is one of many delays that have occurred in the matter.

Pietropaolo first tried to have the charges withdrawn, the media previously reported.

The case was also delayed when Pietropaolo’s lawyer told the court he was not ready to proceed.

Another delay was when Pietropaolo wanted the trial to be moved to a later date.