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Pistorius sentencing hearing gets under way

Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing has begun.

Judge Thokozile Masipa began by reviewing the evidence she had to consider, and will consider Pistorius' mitigation submissions.

Pistorius arrives at court for sentencing

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Oscar Pistorius has arrived at court for his sentencing hearing over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Dressed in a dark suit, the South African paralympic gold medalist arrived at the South African court room flanked by police.

ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray tweeted an image of Pistorius' arrival:


Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on July 6 for murder

Pistorius has been given his new sentencing date. Credit: Reuters

The date for Oscar Pistorius' sentencing for the murder of former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been set for July 6.

It comes as the Paralympian appeared in court with his lawyer today to argue that he deserves leniency when he is sentenced.

The double-amputee was initially handed a manslaughter conviction over Reeva's 2013 death but this was overturned last year by an appeals court, which convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

Prosecutor: Irrelevant whether Pistorius thought Reeva was intruder

The state prosecutor, talking at Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing has said that it does not matter whether he thought that Reeva or an intruder was in the bathroom.

Pistorius went to the bathroom and fired four shots, he said.

Not knowing who was behind the door when firing those shots cannot be a mitigating factor in the case, unless the life of an intruder is less important than Reeva's life, he argued.


State prosecutor argues for full 15 years for Pistorius

Gerrie Nel, state prosecutor, said that in legislation the 15 year sentence for murder is the minimum acceptable sentence for murder and therefore the starting point for any sentencing considerations.

Yet, he added, courts had moved away from this starting point "for the flimsiest of reasons".

Pistorius removes his prosthetic limbs in court

The athlete was asked to take off his prosthetic legs by his defence lawyer to show that his disability makes him vulnerable.

State prosecutor asks to lift ban on Reeva photos

Gerrie Nel, state prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius sentencing trial, has said that he wants the court to lift the ban on showing the photos of Reeva Steenkamp after she was killed by the athlete.

His comments come shortly after Pistorius' defence lawyer asked him to remove his prosthetics and show the court what he looked like on his stumps.

Pistorius removes his prosthetic legs in court

Pistorius removed his prosthetics in court Credit: Reuters

Barry Roux, Oscar Pistorius' defence lawyer, asked the athlete to remove his prosthetics and to show the court what he looks like without his stumps.

He had previously been wearing a suit, but after a short break, re-entered the court room in a hoodie and shorts.

He said to the court that the man they were looking at, standing on his stumps, was the man who was scared for his life at 3am, and thought an intruder was in his home.

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