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State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel cross-examines Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, Pool)
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel cross-examines Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, Pool)

Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius has still not acknowledged that he murdered Reeva Steenkamp and can thus not be said to have shown remorse, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

His statement that “I caused her death” was not the same as “I murdered”, and for remorse the latter was needed, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said in presenting his closing arguments ahead of the former Paralympian’s sentencing.

He cited a report from the psychologist at Kgosi Mampuru II prison, where Pistorius spent a year, that he acted like he had not committed a crime. Pistorius merely accepted the Supreme Court of Appeal’s finding that he was guilty of murder in order to prepare himself for his sentence, Nel said.

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