Live report: Pistorius pre-sentencing arguments commence

Live report: Pistorius pre-sentencing arguments commence

A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 12 September 2014. The sentence is expected to be announced on 21 October. EPA/STR

We bring you a live report of Oscar Pistorius pre-sentencing arguments in the Pretoria High Court.

June and Barry Steenkamp, the parents of slain model Reeva Steenkamp have arrived at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on an icy cold Monday to a group of people singing in support of Oscars Pistorius.

This, as Pistorius’ sentencing proceedings for murder are expected to take place from Monday morning.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has found murder as the appropriate conviction for Pistorius after he shot dead Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle at his Pretoria home on a fateful Valentines Day in 2013.

The North Gauteng High Court had initially found him guilty of culpable homicide for which he spent a day under a year in prison.

He was then let out on parole but the SCA ruling now expects him to serve time for murder.

The Steenkamps briskly made their way into court as a small group from across the road sang and held banners with the saying “we support Oscar”.

Pistorius’ family, including his uncle Arnold also made their way to court later in the morning.

Usual media both national and international meanwhile gathered outside court waiting to catch the paralympian’s arrival.

Pistorius has maintained to have mistakened Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot through the door, fately killing her






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