Defence: Pistorius has unfairly become the face of gender violence

Defence advocate Barry Roux says the publicity around Pistorius's case has had a detrimental effect on him.

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

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team has argued that the former athlete has unfairly become the 'face of gender violence' when in fact there was no intention to kill his girlfriend.

Sentencing arguments wrapped up yesterday, with the defence saying Pistorius should remain under correctional supervision.

The State argued that since his culpable homicide conviction has been overturned to one of murder, Pistorius should face the minimum sentence - which is 15 years.

Advocate Barry Roux has argued that the publicity around Pistorius's case has had a detrimental effect on him.

Roux says no other accused has had to deal with this level of publicity, misinformation and character assassination premised on a version that he intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

Roux says at the same time gender representatives have attended the trial.

"They attend his trial as if he wanted to kill the deceased. This man, in his mind, had no gender violence intent."

An embarrassed Pistorius also stood in front of the court on his stumps yesterday, to demonstrate how vulnerable he was on the day he shot Steenkamp.

WATCH: Barry Roux shows court Oscar Pistorius's vulnerability


On Valentine's Day, 14 February 2013, Reeva was shot dead in Pistorius's home.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.

He claimed he thought she was an intruder when he fired four shots into a bathroom door.

A year later, he was found guilty of culpable homicide and handed a sentence of five years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the High Court in Pretoria.

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal convicted Pistorius of murder following an appeal by the NPA.

Now, after spending less than a year behind bars, and the rest of the time under house arrest, Pistorius, now convicted of murder, must be sentenced again.

The court will sentence Pistorius on 6 July.