Reeva's cousin, voice of society - Nel

2014-10-17 12:01
Advocate Gerrie Nel. (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

Advocate Gerrie Nel. (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

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Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria was "lucky" to hear the voice of Reeva Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin because she was the voice of society, the State said on Friday.

"We were lucky to hear the voice of Kim Martin," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said 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.

Nel, as he had done several times during the trial, brought the focus back to Reeva Steenkamp.

"We have to sit back and to think about what happened to the deceased in this matter. This is the portion of the trial where we have to think about her," he said.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, concluded his arguments after one-and-a-half hours.

On 12 September, 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 14 February 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 talon ammunition.

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

Pistorius was found guilty of firing a pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

He was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.

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