Oscar Pistorius Trial: Latest Details, Comments and Sentence Date

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2016

In response, prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the court to display photos of Ms. Steenkamp's bloodied head and torso after the shooting.

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius walks in the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during his resentencing hearing.

Last year Pistorius was convicted of the murder of Steenkamp by firing four times through a toilet cubicle door at his house on Valentine's Day 2013. He has already served one year in prison for manslaughter.

He said that Pistorius was punishing himself for the rest of his life far more than any court can punish him.

Masipa ruled that the photos be made available to the public upon request.

The double amputee, known as the "Blade Runner" for his athletic achievements, maintains that he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he opened fire.


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The demonstration drew gasps from some onlookers in the courtroom.

The 29-year-old Paralympian gold medalist faces a minimum 15-year jail term after his manslaughter conviction for the 2013 killing, for which he originally received a five-year sentence, was upgraded on appeal.

"It is three o'clock in the morning, it is dark, he is on his stumps", Mr. Roux said, stressing his client's vulnerability.

Masipa, who initially acquitted Pistorius of murder at his trial in 2014, must now re-sentence him.

Reeva Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin testified during the third day of the resentencing hearing.


Chief prosecutor Nel said Pistorius should get the minimum sentence of 15 years, arguing that he had not shown genuine remorse a well as noting the seriousness of the crime and the devastating impact on Steenkamp's family.

"We see his humanity now", his attorney, Barry Roux, said at his sentencing hearing, which will continue through the end of the week. "I wouldn't wish that on anybody in the world", Mr. Steenkamp, 73, said.

Roux said there were "serious enemies" of Pistorius' case and listed what he said were misconceptions that still existed about the shooting and the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision previous year to change Pistorius' conviction to murder.

According to the version of events accepted by the court, Oscar Pistorius perceived a threat behind the locked bathroom door of his Silverwoods home the night he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

'He believed the person in the toilet was an intruder and (the) deceased was at the time in the bed, ' Roux said.

It found that he was a poor witness and that he never provided an acceptable explanation for firing the shots that killed Steenkamp.


His legal team has also increasingly made a psychological argument for lenient sentencing, saying Pistorius is a "broken man" who is, in the words of a clinical psychologist brought on to testify, "despondent and lethargic, disinvested, and leaves his future in the hands of God". At other times, he sat up straight on his wooden bench. He stared at the floor and started weeping as Roux spoke about the killing.

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