D-DAY FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius is due to learn his sentence Tuesday following nearly seven months after going on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will announce the punishment, which prosecutors argued should be a minimum 10 years in prison.

"Society will lose trust in the judiciary. They will take the law into their own hands," state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel told the High Court in Pretoria during sentencing procedures.

"The accused armed himself, walked to a bathroom, shot four times, caused a horrible death. Don't you think society would want to punish him?" 

However, the athlete's defense team said three years of house arrest and community service would be appropriate as the double-amputee would face difficulties in South Africa's notorious prison system.

Judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his home in September.

Pistorius maintains that he mistook her for a night-time intruder.

The Paralympian faced a more serious charge of murder, but Masipa ruled that prosecutors did not prove he intentionally shot Steenkamp.