Oscar, Steenkamps arrive at court

2014-10-17 09:34

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday morning for the last day of sentencing procedures.

His sister Aimee, who was in tears in court on Thursday, dropped him off, shortly before June and Barry Steenkamp, the parents of his slain girlfriend Reeva arrived at court.

Barry politely greeted a cameraman before making his way into the court room.

Oscar entered the courtroom accompanied by four policewomen.

Both the State and defence were expected to deliver their sentencing arguments before Judge Thokozile Masipa. She needs to decide if he will spend time in jail after finding him guilty of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp dead last year.

During this week's sentencing procedures, the State called two witnesses - the victim Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, and the acting national commissioner of correctional services, Zach Modise.

The defence called four - Pistorius's psychologist Lore Hartzenberg, his manager Petrus van Zyl, correctional services department social worker Mashaba Joel Maringa and probation officer and social worker Annette Vergeer.

On 12 September, 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 14 February last year, killing his then girlfriend.

Masipa also found Pistorius guilty of discharging a firearm in public, when he fired a shot from a friend's gun under the table of a Johannesburg restaurant in January last year.

He was found not guilty on two other firearms-related charges.

In South African law, culpable homicide is considered to be the killing of a human being through negligence - as opposed to intention.

Sentencing options are broad, ranging from being fined, to receiving a suspended sentence or being placed under correctional supervision such as house arrest.

Imprisonment is not mandatory but jail time of up to 15 years can be stipulated in the sentence.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.