He could still get a long term

2014-09-13 00:00

EVEN though Oscar Pistorius was only convicted of culpable homicide, he could still go to jail for a long time.

“Culpable homicide is a very serious charge. He won’t get away scot free,” said prosecutor Sammy ­Mahlangu.

Advocate Nic Potgieter said the circumstances of the crime will be counted in determining sentence.

“Here four shots were fired through a closed toilet door. If I were the presiding officer, I would consider an eight- to 10-year sentence,” he said.

Attorney Piet Kruyshaar said nothing prevents Judge Yhokozile Masipa from imposing a a sentence of up to 10 years.

“He still took a life. It could count against him that he denied guilt and didn’t offer a plea of guilty to culpable homicide on his own version.”

“The degree of negligence in this case borders more on recklessness. The more serious the degree of negligence, the longer the sentence should be,” explained another attorney, Piet Kleynhans. He predicted a 10-year sentence, with five years suspended.

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