Oscar to be sentenced on Tuesday

2014-10-17 12:44
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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius will have to wait four days for his sentencing for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"I want to thank both counsel for your assistance and your corporation in this matter. I'm very impressed that the counsel conducted themselves in the way they did," Judge Thokozile Masipa said when sentencing procedures concluded on Friday

"We will reconvene on Tuesday next week, the 21st, at 09:30."

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, concluded their closing arguments shortly after noon on Friday.

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

If he had asked 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, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

"If he wasn't negligent, or over-hasty, she would still be alive," Nel said.

The only sounds audible in the court, apart from Nel's voice, were the hum of the air conditioner and the clicking of keyboards as journalists took notes on their laptops.

Pistorius sat in the dock and appeared to be looking at something in his lap.

Nel referred to a section in the court record where he had asked Pistorius whether he had thought of firing a warning shot into the shower cubicle, next to the toilet.

Pistorius had replied no, fearing a bullet could ricochet and hit him.

Nel said in that case Pistorius should have foreseen the same thing happening in the small toilet cubicle.

"We're dealing with an accused, gun in hand, firing four shots into a toilet cubicle. We're not dealing with a soccer referee, attacked by a mob, firing blindly," Nel said, referring to case law.

On 12 September, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide 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.

Pistorius was found guilty of firing a pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

He was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012, and of the illegal possession of ammunition.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  thokozile masipa  |  pistorius trial

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