By Euro Weekly News Media • 13 October 2014 • 9:12
OSCAR PISTORIUS arrived at court in South Africa, ready to make a personal plea to the judge, in order to avoid a jail sentence of up to 15 years.
The athlete was cleared of first degree murder by Judge Thokozile Masipa over a month ago, but was found guilty of culpable homicide.
The judge adjourned the court for one month, whilst the defence and prosecution lawyers, Gerrie Nell and Barry Roux, made their pleas for and against in the sentencing of the double-amputee Olympian.
According to South African law, Pistorius will also be able to address the court again, and the sentencing process can take up to a week.
Steencamp’s parents, who are believed to be disappointed with the judge’s decision not to convict Pistorius of a murder, said that the judge ‘had got it wrong’.
It is thought they will want the maximum sentence handed to him of 15 years and monetary compensation, as Reeva Steencamp supported her parents financially.
Although a maximum sentence is possible, it is believed the athlete could avoid prison altogether with alternative forms of punishment including a suspended sentence or a fine.
The defence team will point out that he is a first-time offender, his willingness to testify in court and his apology to the Steencamp family. The prosecution will argue he is a danger to society.
Judge Masipo will listen again listen to the arguments before making her decision. Although, both the prosecution and Oscar Pistorius have the option to appeal once the trial is finally over.
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