Oscar Pistorius back in court for sentencing

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : October 14, 2014, 17:07 | Updated : October 14, 2014, 17:07

 

Fallen Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius has returned to court, with his top-flight legal team expected to argue for a non-custodial sentence after his conviction on the equivalent of manslaughter charges.

The double-amputee track star was found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of premeditated murder in killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system.

Amid tight security, the 27-year-old entered the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for the start of sentencing, which is expected to run for most of the week.
The "Blade Runner" could face up to 15 years in one of South Africa's notoriously brutal prisons or could dodge a jail term altogether with a non-custodial sentence, given that he was found not guilty on the most serious charge.

The athlete cut a lonely figure in the dock, at some points sobbing and retching loudly while testifying.

By Ruchi Singh
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