Oscar sentencing: Reeva's cousin to continue testimony

Kim Martin has been testifying for the state in aggravation of sentence against Oscar Pistorius.

Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.

PRETORIA - Reeva Steenkamp's generosity, warmth, diligence and family values were brought to the fore during deeply emotional testimony in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The model's cousin Kim Martin took the stand to testify for the state in aggravation of sentence against Oscar Pistorius.

The blade runner was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the Valentine's Day shooting of Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius has throughout the trial maintained he shot Steenkamp by accident, thinking she was an intruder in his home.

Steenkamp's father Barry leaned on the bench in front of him and put down his head as he broke down in tears, his wife June stroking his back, as they listened to their describe how Steenkamp was the first baby she had ever held.

Martin's composure broke as she recounted the morning on 14 February last year.

"That was, for me, the end of the world."

She fought back tears as she described asking her aunt and uncle for permission to give evidence.

"I was worried I'd disappoint them and they said to me, no I have their blessing and that I must be Reeva's voice."

At the end of Martin's distressing, deeply emotional testimony, she and her uncle shared a long embrace before he hobbled out of the courtroom.

The High Court in Pretoria is set to hear more emotional testimony today about the impact Steenkamp's killing has had on her friends and her family.

The state is also expected to hear evidence about Pistorius's state of mind in the run up to the shooting.

Martin will return to the stand this morning.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has indicated he wants to concentrate on one last aspect of Martin's testimony.

Defence advocate Barry Roux has made it clear he will not be cross examining this witness.

The state will call two, or possibly three additional witnesses today.

It's believed these may include Pistorius's former girlfriend Samantha Taylor's mother Trish, who could testify about how she pleaded with the athlete to seek psychological assistance.

Businessman Jared Mortimer could also take the stand to give evidence about his run in with Pistorius at a nightclub earlier this year

A correctional services officer may also be called.

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