Will Pistorius get jail time? Experts divided

2014-10-10 14:53
Oscar Pistorius. (Themba Hadebe, AP, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius. (Themba Hadebe, AP, Pool)

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Pretoria - Legal experts seem to be divided on whether athlete Oscar Pistorius will get jail time after he was found guilty of culpable homicide for Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

Law experts who spoke to the Times said Pistorius was likely to get house arrest or possibly even just a fine.

Criminal law expert Martin Hood told the newspaper that Judge Thokozile Masipa would take into account Pistorius's personal circumstances, substantial financial losses, physical disabilities and medical requirements.

Kelly Phelps, from UCT’s School of Law said a prison sentence would be considered “extremely harsh”.

However, another expert, who also happens to be a judge, told Pretoria News he would impose a 10-year jail term with part of it being suspended.

It is also expected that the prosecution will call Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp to the stand.

In an interview shortly after judgment, June and her husband, Barry, expressed their disappointment that Pistorius had been found not guilty of murder, saying his culpable homicide conviction was not right.

Pistorius returns to the North Gauteng High Court on Monday for sentencing, which was set down from 13-16 October.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  june steenkamp  |  pistorius trial  |  judiciary

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