‘Oscar Pistorius should serve no less than 15 years for murder’

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the court to impose a 15-year prison sentence on Oscar Pistorius.

FILE: Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after the conclusion of sentencing arguments in his murder trial. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The State has argued in the sentencing of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius that the impact on the victims of the crime should be among the main factors the court considers.

This was heard in closing arguments before the court adjourned for sentencing to be handed down on 6 July.

The Supreme Court of Appeal convicted Pistorius of murder for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that when considering violent crimes, retribution and deterrence should play a more important role when considering a sentence.

The prosecutor says the seriousness of the offence, the natural indignation and outrage of society towards the crime must be reflected.

Nel added that the victims of crime, who in this case is Steenkamp's family, must play a more prominent role in the sentencing.

While the defence team referred to Pistorius as a broken man, Nel referred to Barry Steenkamp who has suffered immensely since his daughter was murdered.

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Nel insisted the court impose the prescribed minimum sentence on Pistorius.

"The matter is so serious that after taking everything that has been argued into account, it still remains 15 years for me."

Defence Advocate Barry Roux suggested a far more lenient sentence.

"We respectfully submit that a public interest would be rationally served in this case, by considering a sentence that incorporates community service, where the accused gives back to the community whilst not being a burden on the tax payers."