Community service recommended for Pistorius

Joel Maringa says Oscar Pistorius is a first-time offender & his traumatic experience has been punishment.

Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria during sentencing procedures for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 13 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - A social worker for the Correctional Services Department has recommended that Oscar Pistorius be placed under supervision and perform community service as part of his sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp last year.

"The accused seems to be a cooperative person whose offending behaviour could be managed and modified through the community context."

Joel Maringa has also told the High Court in Pretoria that the convicted killer is a first-time offender and has already been subjected to punishment through his traumatic encounter.

The athlete was last month was found guilty of culpable homicide for the Valentine's Day shooting of Steenkamp.

But state prosecutor Gerrie Nel says because Pistorius was negligent when he killed Steenkamp he should be handed a harsh sentence.

"The sentence between gross negligence and committing crime in the blink of an eye should be different."

Nel says Maringa has not read the court's judgement properly.

"There's nowhere in the judgement where it says the accused had no intention to shoot. You are wrong, how can you base your report on the misreading of the judgement?"


The athlete's manager, Peet van Zyl, took the stand earlier in the afternoon and described Pistorius as a humble and accommodating man who often gave to charity.

Van Zyl spoke about the athlete's work with charities both locally and abroad.

He said Pistorius offered his time for Reach for a Dream under Unicef and offered money to those who needed prosthetics through his website.

Listen to Van Zyl's testimony below:

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