'Pistorius should testify in mitigation of sentence'
Its not yet clear whether Oscar Pistorius will want to subject himself to cross-examination.
PRETORIA - With just weeks away from Oscar Pistoriuss sentencing proceedings starting, its being questioned whether the Para-Olympian will testify in a bid to secure a lesser sentence than the prescribed 15-years in prison.
Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day three years ago, he claims he thought she was an intruder.
Attorney Ulrich Roux says Pistoriuss legal team should put him in the witness box to testify in mitigation of sentence.
If hes really remorseful for what happened and truly shows remorse and truly shows the court what effect this tragedy has had on his life then he should be able to withstand cross-examination if testifies honestly and I think that would be a good step.
It remains to be seen if Pistorius will want to subject himself to prosecutor Gerrie Nels fierce cross-examination which had him in tears on several occasions during the trial.
Roux says the year Pistorius spent in prison and the programmes he went through will count in his favour.