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'Pistorius has already paid the price'

Barry Roux believes Oscar Pistorius should be sentenced to house arrest as he has suffered significantly.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his sentencing on 17 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - While the state has argued convicted killer Oscar Pistorius deserves nothing less than a lengthy jail term, his defence team believes he's already paid the price for his negligent conduct and will do so for the rest of his life.

The Paralympian and Olympian athlete will hear his fate on Tuesday after sentencing procedures concluded in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday.

The blade runner was found guilty last month of culpable homicide for shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel believes Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin, echoed the sentiment shared by South Africans.

"Martin's voice goes beyond that of her family but must be seen as a voice representing society and her cry to make the accused pay for what he did was genuine."

Defence advocate Barry Roux argued Pistorius has suffered significantly.

"He lost the person he loved, his self-image and dignity. He lost most of his friends, his career and his source of income and his reputation."

Roux believes the athlete should be sentenced to house arrest but the state wants him jailed for a decade.

Meanwhile, there was a great deal at stake for both the prosecution and defence and that was evident in the tone of their arguments.

Roux spoke about how Pistorius spent the last 18 months being denigrated and ridiculed, how he was absolutely exposed to the world and how he has lost everything.

He appealed to the judge to give him a humane sentence in line with Ubuntu and restorative justice.

Nel, on the other hand, was sarcastically dismissive of the defence's victim argument, saying the double amputee must take responsibility for shooting his girlfriend.

Video: Closing arguments.

Click here to view the state's closing argument.

Click here to view the defence's closing argument.

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