Nel wants no less than 15 years for Pistorius

2016-06-15 14:00

WATCH: Pistorius changes clothes, shows prosthetics in court

2016-06-15 11:47

Oscar Pistorius has changed clothes during a break in court proceedings. He was wearing a suit, but has re-entered the court wearing a hoodie and a shorts; his prosthetics are on show.WATCH

Pretoria – The High Court in Pretoria has to sentence Oscar Pistorius to a minimum of 15 years for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said on Wednesday.

“Courts have a duty to impose minimum sentences,” he told Judge Thokozile Masipa during his closing arguments. 

He said sentencing Pistorius to correctional supervision would fail to pay “due regard” to the benchmark of 15 years for murder, which was set down by law.

He quoted from a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that crime was still on the rise in South Africa. 

“One notices all too frequently a willingness on the part of sentencing courts to deviate from minimum sentences for the flimsiest of reasons,” Nel read.

Nel quoted from the SCA’s ruling that overturned Masipa’s finding that Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp in February 2013. The SCA replaced it with a verdict of murder. 

It found that he was a poor witness, and that he never provided an acceptable explanation for firing the shots that killed Steenkamp. 

Nel said finding that Pistorius had expressed remorse was unacceptable since he had not offered a credible explanation for his actions. 

“Remorse for what?” Nel asked.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  oscar pistorius  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

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