Probation officer recommends house arrest for Oscar

2014-10-14 14:00
Oscar Pistorius (AP)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should get three years of correctional supervision for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a probation officer told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Correctional supervision offers punishment with a high penal value... it is not a light punishment," Annette Vergeer said to questioning from Barry Roux, for Pistorius.

As she rapidly read through her report, Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martins sat in the public gallery crying.

Vergeer said a prison environment was not suitable for someone with Pistorius's disability. He would have to walk on hard cement floors on his stumps, there were no baths, and no hand rails in the showers for him.

"It will only have a negative impact and in fact place him in danger. It will not assist him, it will break him," she said of a prison sentence.

On 12 September Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, model and law graduate Steenkamp, but not guilty of her murder.

First offender

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 Steenkamp. The State had argued he killed her during an argument.

Vergeer said Pistorius was still fairly young, a first offender, and had repeatedly shown remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions.

"The accused does not appear to be such a danger to society that he should be removed."

Masipa also found Pistorius guilty of discharging a firearm in public, when he shot from his friend Darren Fresco's Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.

Pistorius was found not guilty on two firearms-related charges - illegal possession of ammunition, and shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012.

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