GRAPHIC CONTENT: These are the photos Reeva's parents want the world to see

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16 June 2016

Judge Thokozile Masipa initially deemed the photos of Reeva Steenkamp's broken body too graphic to be published – but a plea from Reeva's parents changed her mind.

Judge Thokozile Masipa initially refused Gerrie Nel’s request to have graphic images of Reeva Steenkamp’s body shown in public – but a plea from Reeva's parents changed her mind.

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During murder-convicted Oscar Pistorius's re-sentencing, State prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Judge Masipa for an order allowing photos of Reeva's body taken in the aftermath of the Valentines' Day shooting in 2013 to be published.

"Let us show the world what this accused did," Nel said.

She granted the request.

Read more: Oscar ‘has to pay for what he did’ – Reeva’s dad

“If the family of the deceased feel that protection is no longer necessary, it’s not for me to interfere. . .” said Masipa. “I grant that request that these photographs… may be made public.”

Barry and June Steenkamp said it was a difficult decision, but they were anxious for people to know what their daughter went through on the night she died.

They have given YOU permission to publish the pictures. Their legal representative Tania Koen told YOU that it’s not true Reeva’s parents chose the images that would be released, as has been reported. “Gerrie Nel showed June and Barry the pictures for the very first time yesterday at lunchtime. That’s when they said the world should see what was done to their daughter.”

Barry Steenkamp gave an emotional testimony in the High Court in Pretoria. PHOTO: Screenshot Barry Steenkamp gave an emotional testimony in the High Court in Pretoria. PHOTO: Screenshot

The photos show the young model's head after the shooting, her blonde hair matted with blood. Oscar shot Reeva through a closed bathroom door with three military-grade Black Talon bullets, designed to expand upon impact to cause even more damage to the target.

The shocking pictures also show the severe bruising around Reeva's left eye, which a pathologist said would have been caused by the impact of the bullet on her skull.

The surprise ruling came after Oscar took off his prosthetic legs and stood before the court trembling on his stumps.

Read more: Tears in court as Oscar takes off his prosthetic legs and stands on his stumps before judge

His advocate Barry Roux had asked the former paralympian to do so as part of his closing argument.

“This is the person, it’s 03.00 in the morning, he is on his stumps,” Roux told the court. “He suffers from an anxiety disorder. When he was on his stumps his balance was compromised.

Oscar leaves the High Court in Pretoria on Monday 13 June 2016. PHOTO: Martin de Kock Oscar leaves the High Court in Pretoria on Monday 13 June 2016. PHOTO: Martin de Kock

“He was anxious, he was frightened. This must all be seen in the context of his disability and the pervasive thinking.

“He was armed, ready to fire. His perception was fortified by the open bathroom window, the ladders, the slamming of the door. He believed that the person was an intruder and the deceased was in the bedroom.

He fired four shots in the door with a downward trajectory, with no intent to kill.”

“I don’t want to overplay disability,” Roux said in his closing argument for mercy for the former athlete. “I’m not saying he can do what he likes.”

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Both the State and defence presented their closing arguments. Nel called for the court to put Oscar behind bars for a minimum of 15 years, arguing that his personal circumstances were of minor significance in such a serious matter.

Roux emphasised his client's vulnerability and spoke out against the "sustained campaign of misinformation" against him.

Read more: ‘Emotionally spent’: Carl tweets photo of Oscar at home after court proceedings

Judge Masipa is faced with giving the 29-year-old a new sentence for the killing on February 14, 2013, after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned her verdict of culpable homicide and replaced it one of murder.

Oscar will hear his fate on 6 July.

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