Today marks the last day of Oscar Pistorious’ seven-month trial and his fate will be known this morning. At 09h30, Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down her sentence after finding Pistorious guilty of culpable homicide.
During closing arguments in sentencing procedures on Friday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that only a jail sentence would suffice and that Pistorius should not use his disability to avoid jail.
Nel argued that by giving the Steenkamps R6 000 a month for 18 months and offering them another R375 000, Pistorius had tried to influence his sentence.
Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, said the principles of ubuntu and restorative justice should be applied to the case.
Yesterday the correctional services department denied reports that it had already prepared a cell for Pistorius at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison.
Pistorius was also found guilty of firing a shot from his friend Darren Fresco’s Glock pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.