The defense of the disabled 29-year-old South African athlete known as “Blade Runner” sought to prove how vulnerable he is without the use of his artificial limbs during the third day of his resentencing hearing at Pretoria High Court.
Oscar Pistorius is now facing a new sentence of 15 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, Reuters reports. His initial sentence was five years.
He shot Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day morning after reportedly mistaking her for an intruder.
Pistorius’ attorney, Barry Roux, asked him to remove his prosthetic legs and walk in front of the courtroom, Reuters reports. An emotional Pistorius did so with tears in his eyes.
He said, “The accused was vulnerable because of his disability,” and requested non-custodial sentencing which included community service.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel responded by showing the court photographs of Steenkamp’s dead and bloodied body. Pistorius shot her four times in the head and torso. Requests have been made by the prosecutor to make these photos public.
Critics argue that he has received preferential treatment from the court because of his celebrity status and race. His final sentence will be announced on July 6.
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