House Arrest And Community Service - Enough Punishment for Pistorius?

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Suzanne Robertson
At Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing, descriptions of him as a ‘Broken Man’ are widely criticized.

A month ago, disabled South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, was found guilty of killing his girlfriend. 

Today, he returned to the courtroom to find out his fate. The struggle between prosecutors and the Pistorious defense team is fascinating - and shocking - the world. 

 

Seeking leniency from the judge, the defense team called witnesses who described him as “a broken man” and said his punishment should be limited to house arrest and community service. These light penalties were described by the prosecution as “shockingly inappropriate.”

If convicted of premeditated murder last month, Pistorious would have faced a mandatory minimum jail term of 25 years.  But he was found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, after he admitted shooting Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, to death.

Facebookers are showing no sympathy for the athlete who made an emotional apology to his dead girlfriend's mother during the trial. 

Ms Steenkamp's father held his head in his hands as three years of house arrest and community service were suggested by a prison service officer. Her friends shook their heads in disbelief.

The sentencing hearing, which has now been adjourned, is expected to last several days.

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