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Pistorius’s interview with British channel comes back to haunt him

Oscar Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 15 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - A recent television interview Oscar Pistorius gave to a British channel has come back to haunt him, with the State criticising him for not testifying during sentencing.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is concluding his closing argument in the High Court in Pretoria, where the defence team earlier pleaded with the court for a lenient jail term.

The former athlete stripped down to a t-shirt and shorts and walked around the courtroom to demonstrate his vulnerability on his stumps.

WATCH: Barry Roux shows court Oscar Pistorius's vulnerability

Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Nel says the both the trial and appeal courts found that Pistorius's version of events was unreliable.

He says there is still no explanation as to why he fired the shots that killed Steenkamp.

Nel says in the wake of the murder conviction, Pistorius failed to take the court into his confidence to offer an explanation.

However, he says the court now knows that the former athlete gave a television interview where he discusses the murder.

Nel says this conduct is disrespectful to the court and Steenkamp.

SENTENCE MUST BE CENTRED AROUND REEVA STEENKAMP

At the same time, the State prosecutor has argued that the sentence handed to the convicted murderer must be centred around his victim.

Nel says the court has a duty to impose the minimum sentence of 15 years for murder.

He says while Pistorius showed his vulnerability in court by walking on his stumps, Barry Steenkamp has also requested that the photos of his murdered daughter be made public.

"So that other people will not do this again. My Lady, what this court can do in its sentence, is ensure that people would not act as this accused did: arming himself, deciding to shoot an intruder whilst he's still in his bedroom, walking to the bathroom without any danger to him and firing four shot into a small cubicle. A sentence from this court should deter people from acting that way."

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