Oscar Pistorius shamelessly using handicap on call – Gerrie Nel

2014-10-17 12:56

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Oscar Pistorius uses his disability on call and only when he needs to, Gerrie Nel said in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

“I find it disturbing that a man with a disability, that competed with able-body athletes would now shamelessly use this as an argument,” Nel said today during closing arguments of sentencing procedures.

“Perhaps use our handicap as a handicap on call – when it suits us it’s a handicap.”

Nel said social worker and probation officer Annette Vergeer testified for the defence earlier this week that prison facilities could not cater for Pistorius’ disability because of slippery floors and that showers had no railings.

He said that the shower at the athlete’s home had no railing in the shower.

‘Not reasonable’

If Oscar Pistorius had acted like a reasonable person, Reeva Steenkamp would still be alive, Nel said.

If he had asked Reeva Steenkamp when he heard a noise from his bathroom, “did you hear something?”, or if he had established whether she had heard him before went to the bathroom, gun in hand, she would still be alive, he said.

“If he wasn’t negligent or over hasty she would still be alive.”

Nel said that it was important to see what Pistorius was remorseful of and if it was not said in court it would be lip service.

“I’m not saying that he is not remorseful to the extent that she is dead, but not for what he did.”

On September 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend in his Pretoria townhouse. The court found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm and head.

Sentencing is expected to be handed down on Tuesday. Court will reconvene at 9.30am.

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