‘If the world needs to see something, it's pics of Steenkamp’s bloodied body’
Gerrie Nel says a finding of remorse is impossible without a credible explanation for what happened.
PRETORIA - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel has told the High Court in Pretoria that it should not deviate from the prescribed minimum 15-year prison sentence for murder in the case of Oscar Pistorius.
The State has started delivering its closing argument after the defence asked the court to give Pistorius a sentence, which includes community service. LISTEN: Update on trial proceedings.
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The former athlete is being sentenced as a murderer after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
Nel has relied on case law which holds that sentencing courts too frequently deviate from the prescribed minimum sentences on the flimsiest of grounds.
He argued that the courts have referred to the seriousness of the crimes when considering sentences and in this instance - 15 years is appropriate.
The prosecutor says a finding of remorse is impossible without a credible explanation for what happened.
He says the trial court and appeal court found that Pistorius never offered an explanation for why he fired his handgun on the night he murdered Steenkamp.
Earlier, the athlete was asked to walk around the courtroom on his stumps while defence advocate Barry Roux argued that the world should view him as a vulnerable man.
Nel says if the world needs to see something, it's pictures of Steenkamp's bloodied body.
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