Oscar's pain won't go away - Roux

2014-10-17 11:24
Oscar Pistorius defence advocate Barry Roux. (File, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius defence advocate Barry Roux. (File, AFP)

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Pretoria - The pain caused by the death of Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius was far worse than any punishment for the athlete, the North Gauteng High Court has heard on Friday.

"Of course when you caused the death [of a loved one] by negligence... there is the grief of the loss, there is something far worse. There is that excruciating pain that you caused that death," Barry Roux, SC for Pistorius said.

"It's an emotional pain that is deep and will not go away."

He said that Pistorius's did not have a process of grief as a person who lost a loved one would normally have.

He said Pistorius disclosed his version in his bail application because he wanted to tell his story early on and not later so people would think he made up a story.

Roux said that Pistorius lost everything and what he was subjected to after Steenkamp's death was far worse than any punishment.

Pistorius paid for 18 months for premeditated murder, he said.

"He found himself alone," Roux said.

"No court punishment can be worse than the last 18 months."

‘It’s not about the money’

According to Roux Pistorius’s payments to the Steenkamp family were there to show he wanted to do more to make up for his crime.

"It [the payment] is unconditional. He wants to do more," his Roux told the court during closing arguments for sentencing.

He was arguing to have his client kept out of prison after he was found guilty of Steenkamp's culpable homicide.

"It wants to show that there is compassion, that there is emotion, that there is hurt."

It emerged in court this week that Pistorius had sold his car for R375 000 and given this money to the Steenkamps.

He had also paid them R6 000 a month between March 2013 and September this year. The Steenkamps had rejected the money.

Roux said Pistorius wanted to "make good".

"He wants to make good as far as possible."

On 12 September, Judge Thokozile 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 Steenkamp.

Masipa found Pistorius guilty of discharging a firearm in public, when he shot from his friend Darren Fresco's Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.

Pistorius was found not guilty on two firearms-related charges - illegal possession of ammunition, and shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012.

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