Reeva’s cousin, voice of society – Nel

2014-10-17 11:56

The North Gauteng High Court was “lucky” to hear the voice of Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin Kim Martin because she was the voice of society, the state said.

“We were lucky to hear the voice of Kim Martin,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel said today in closing arguments of sentencing procedures.

“Every other mother who heard her evidence felt the pain; I felt the pain.”

He said Martin was not just the voice of the family, she was the voice of society.

On September 12, Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of the culpable homicide of model and law graduate Steenkamp, but not guilty of her murder. Pistorius had claimed he thought there was a burglar in his toilet when he fired four shots through the locked door in the early hours of February 14 last year, killing Steenkamp.

Nel said not only did Pistorius fire four shots, three hitting Steenkamp, through a locked toilet door but he used a powerful handgun and “devastating” black tallon ammunition.

“What the court must take into account is what the accused did,” said Nel.

Earlier, Barry Roux said Pistorius was wrongly labelled in the media as a cold-blooded murderer.

“Let people understand that the initial understanding of a cold-blooded murder was not correct,” Roux said.

“We have a vulnerable person who used excessive force ... He never ever entertained the thought that the deceased was in the toilet ... he thought she was in the bedroom.”

Roux said when people saw the athlete they did not realise the impact the disability had on him and the difficulties he faced.

“There is pain and treatment needed,” he said.

Pistorius was found guilty of firing a pistol under a table at Tashas restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013. He was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein on September 30 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.

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