Oscar, Steenkamps arrive at court

2014-10-17 09:34

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday morning for the last day of sentencing procedures.

His sister Aimee, who was in tears in court on Thursday, dropped him off, shortly before June and Barry Steenkamp, the parents of his slain girlfriend Reeva arrived at court.

Barry politely greeted a cameraman before making his way into the court room.

Oscar entered the courtroom accompanied by four policewomen.

Both the State and defence were expected to deliver their sentencing arguments before Judge Thokozile Masipa. She needs to decide if he will spend time in jail after finding him guilty of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp dead last year.

During this week's sentencing procedures, the State called two witnesses - the victim Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, and the acting national commissioner of correctional services, Zach Modise.

The defence called four - Pistorius's psychologist Lore Hartzenberg, his manager Petrus van Zyl, correctional services department social worker Mashaba Joel Maringa and probation officer and social worker Annette Vergeer.

On 12 September, 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 his then girlfriend.

Masipa also found Pistorius guilty of discharging a firearm in public, when he fired a shot from a friend's gun under the table of a Johannesburg restaurant in January last year.

He was found not guilty on two other firearms-related charges.

In South African law, culpable homicide is considered to be the killing of a human being through negligence - as opposed to intention.

Sentencing options are broad, ranging from being fined, to receiving a suspended sentence or being placed under correctional supervision such as house arrest.

Imprisonment is not mandatory but jail time of up to 15 years can be stipulated in the sentence.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

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