Oscar Pistorius trial: State wraps up arguments

Final heads of argument will now be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria High Court on 16 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The state has wrapped up its arguments in aggravation of sentence in the Oscar Pistorius trial on Thursday.

Final heads of argument will now be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Pistorius was last month found guilty of culpable homicide for the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Earlier today, prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Reeva's Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin, followed by acting Correctional Services Commissioner Moleko Modise, who testified that the Paralympian's needs can be accommodated in prison.

Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee is seen leaving the High Court in Pretoria on 16 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

Earlier, self-confessed hit man and former bouncer Mikey Schultz left the High Court in Pretoria following claims that he threatened Oscar Pistorius's sister, Aimee.

The Pistorius family now wants Schultz barred from court.

Police escorted the family out of the room following the alleged incident which erupted after Schultz and friend Mark Strydom sat down in front row of the public gallery, in an area demarcated for the Pistorius family.

Aimee Pistorius was reduced to tears after Schultz who received indemnity for shooting mining tycoon Brett Kebble allegedly mouthed at her 'F-you'.

Mikey Schultz in the Pretoria High Court during sentencing arguments in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Source Pool

It's understood Aimee wanted them removed as she did not want them associated with the family.

Schultz denies threatening anyone, saying he had no contact with the family and may return tomorrow.

As court adjourned, Schultz was visibly worked up, saying the Pistorius family did not own the courtroom.

Moments later, Aimee could be seen weeping as advocate Barry Roux was overheard suggesting a court order.

Oscar Pistorius's fitness for prison as well as his losses since Reeva Steenkamp's death were the focus of the second day of the athlete's sentencing in Pretoria. EWN's Gia Nicolaides reports

Outside the courtroom Schultz said the Pistorius family are liars just like Oscar and are playing the victim.

During aggravation of sentencing earlier today, Modise assured the court that Pistorius will be sent to the hospital section of prison if he is sentenced to jail because of his disability.

However, defence advocate Barry Roux questioned Modise about the lack of doctors in the prison the athlete might be sent to.

"So, there's one doctor for 7,000 inmates?"

To which Modise responded, "My lady there's one resident doctor, however, we have what we call sessional doctors who are called in."

Roux has raised concerns about the apparent high rate of undiagnosed tuberculosis (TB) in cases reported in prisons.

Modise says he cannot say if anyone in the prison is infected with TB but he went into great detail about the facilities available specifically for disabled people, namely baths, showers and toilets with rails.

There are even sporting activities for inmates.

Roux raised concerns for his client's safety if he is sent to prison despite assurances that his needs will be catered for.

He read from newspaper reports threats made from inside prison against the life of Oscar Pistorius.

"The gang leader of the 26s says this jail bird promised Pistorius hell…his wealth would not buy him a lavish prison lifestyle, instead, he would be taken out."

Modise downplayed the concerns, adding that Pistorius would be kept in a single cell.

Earlier today Reeva's cousin Kim told the court that Pistorius must pay for his crime.

"Everybody has suffered here and I think we need to give a message to society that you cannot do this and get away with it. I don't feel the suggested punishment would fit the crime."

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