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Judge Masipa lifts ban on pictures of Reeva Steenkamp's murder

The application was lodged during closing arguments in the High Court in Pretoria this afternoon.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel during the Oscar Pistorius. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Judge Thokozile Masipa has granted the State's application to lift the ban on the publication of the post-mortem pictures Reeva Steenkamp's body.

Earlier, Oscar Pistorius's defence team objected.

The application was lodged during closing arguments in the High Court in Pretoria this afternoon.

Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing Steenkamp on Valentine's Day three years ago.

The athlete has already spent a year behind bars but will be sentenced again after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction.

LISTEN: Barry Roux talks about Pistorius's vulnerability.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says he lodged the application to lift the ban on her crime scene pictures following a request from her father Barry.

The ban was imposed during the trial when the state submitted the files as part of the public record.

Nel re-iterated what the father said in his evidence that it is time people see what Pistorius did to Steenkamp.

He has told the court that the family has asked for these photos to be made available publicly so the world can see how she suffered.

Roux objected saying that there were several interested parties, and the matter should be the subject of a formal application to allow for submissions

He further raised concerns that children might be exposed to the pictures.

The State has argued that Pistorius should receive 15 years in prison while the defence team told the court he should receive a sentence with community service.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has questioned whether ruling on the application about the photos may be exceeding the scope of these proceedings.

Sentencing has been set down for Wednesday, 6 July.