Pistorius sentencing begins

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 13, 2014

The closing chapter in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will begin on Monday when Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her sentence at the High Court in Pretoria. 

Judge Masipa found Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide last month after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

While the charge sheet read murder, Judge Masipa found that the state had failed to prove that the athlete had any intention to kill Steenkamp and ruled instead that Pistorius had been extremely negligent. 

From Monday, legal teams for the state and the defence will argue in aggravation and mitigation of sentencing, attempting to persuade Masipa towards either a more stringent or more lenient decision.

A conviction on culpable homicide can carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years, but Barry Roux will be trying his best to secure a suspended sentence for his client.