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Oscar Pistorius to hear his fate next week

While the defence has suggested house arrest, the state has asked for a 10-year prison term.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius will have to wait until Tuesday to hear whether or not he will have to go to jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The High Court in Pretoria on Friday reserved its decision on sentencing.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he believed she was an intruder.

He was last month convicted of culpable homicide.

Both defence advocate Barry Roux and state prosecutor Gerrie Nel were in full flight and fine form as they tried to make the most of their last attempts to influence Judge Thokozile Masipa in the matter.

Roux invoked the principles of ubuntu and restorative justice as he appealed to the court to hand down a humane sentence in an effort to keep his client out of prison.

He argued that the denigration, indignity and remorse suffered by his client since the shooting were sentence enough.

Roux also spoke about how Pistorius had spent the last 18 months being denigrated and ridiculed, how he was absolutely exposed to the world and how he has lost everything and is now down, out and broke.

Nel, on the other hand, struggled to keep his emotions in check at times as he cut through the clutter, reminding Masipa about the heartbreak and devastation of the Steenkamp family and he was sarcastically dismissive of Pistorius being a victim in this story.

He spoke of the emotion of the impact of the shooting and the devastation it has brought on a broken family.

Nel says the court owes it to society to prevent a crime such as the Pistorius shooting from happening again.

He has focused on the seriousness of the crime during his final argument, saying Pistorius should be used as an example to future offenders.

Nel says there are still many aspects of the case that remain unanswered and a reasonable man would have asked his partner if she had heard a noise before arming himself and firing four shots through a closed bathroom door.

The athlete was more emotional that he has been all week, breaking down during the tea break with his siblings comforting him.

Masipa will spend the weekend considering arguments from both sides before delivering Pistorius's fate on Tuesday.

Masipa will have to weigh up the defence's appeal for Pistorius to receive a sentence of correctional supervision against the prosecution's argument that he be sent to jail for 10 years.

At the same time, the state has asked the court to disregard Pistorius's disability as a mitigating factor when considering an appropriate sentence.

Nel says it's ironic that Pistorius, who fought so hard to be recognised as able-bodied, is relying on his disability to get out of a prison sentence.

But Roux argued Pistorius's disability played a part in the incident.

In the same vein, Masipa indicated that arguments in mitigation of sentence regarding media reports and how they impacted on Pistorius will be disregarded.

Roux had argued that Pistorius became a victim during this trial, first by being charged with premeditated murder.

He then said it was unfair towards the athlete to have the court proceedings televised, as this caused an abundance of media reports and allegations from the public, who continued to blame and ridicule him.

But Nel argued that media reports only affected people who followed them and Pistorius was in no way obliged to follow reports.

Masipa, however, made it clear that only evidence in court would be regarded and she would not be influenced by reports in the media.

Click here for more on Oscar Pistorius.

Follow the court proceedings live on EWN's Oscar Pistorius trial blog.

Click here to view the state's closing argument.

Click here to view the defence's closing argument.

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