Wednesday sees the former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius return to court for the third day of his sentencing hearing, following the death of his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
On February 14 2013, Pistorius shot 29-year-old Steenkamp three times through the bathroom door of the couple’s home in Johannesburg.
Pistorius denied that he was guilty of murder throughout his trial, and told the court that he had shot Steenkamp in the belief that she was an intruder
The athlete was cleared of murder last month by Judge Thokozile Masipa and was instead handed the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
Judge Masipa agreed that Pistorius had acted “negligently” but concluded this had been carried out in the "belief that there was an intruder".
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The crime of culpable homicide can carry with it a sentence of 15 years behind bars; however, Judge Masipa could decide to suspend the sentence or merely impose a fine.
Pistorius’ defence are keen to ensure that Pistorius avoids a prison term, while the state prosecution team will be hoping for the maximum 15 years prison term.
The sentencing hearing is expected to last several days.Reuse content