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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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Pistorius will 'pay for this for the rest of his life'

Oscar Pistorius at his sentencing trial Credit: APTN

Barry Roux, defending for Oscar Pistorius in his sentencing trial, has told the court that Pistorius has already paid physically, emotionally, and socially since he made the decision to fire his gun.

He must "live with this for the rest of his life", he can never resume his career, and will punish himself "far more than any court" can, Roux said.

Barry Roux is arguing that Pistorius should not be given the mandatory sentence of 15 years, due to mitigating circumstances.

Pistorius defence: 'Misconceptions' about his intent

Oscar Pistorius listens to the closing remarks in the trial Credit: Reuters

The defending lawyer for Oscar Pistorius has said that there is a "misconception" that Oscar wanted to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Barry Roux, defending for the athlete, said that there are "substantial and compelling circumstances" to pass a sentence that deviates from the mandatory 15 years.

Oscar Pistorius was a man on his stumps who did not want to kill his girlfriend, and was in fear of his life, he said, and therefore his sentence should be reduced.

He also referred to a case where a father mistakenly shot his own daughter, thinking she was an intruder. The man was not prosecuted.

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Pistorius 'allowed private doctor' in prison, court told

Prison nurse Charlotte Mashabane giving evidence. Credit: RTV

Oscar Pistorius was allowed a private doctor in prison who was also a cousin of his, a court in South Africa has been told.

Speaking from the witness stand on the second day of his sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, prison nurse Charlotte Mashabane also said Pistorius showed moments of anger.

ITV News' Africa Correspondent John Ray is at Pretoria High Court:

Reeva's father 'didn't know' about relationship

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured in Johannesburg in March 2013. Credit: PA

Barry Steenkamp has told a court in South Africa he "didn't know" about his daughter's relationship with Oscar Pistorius.

"I didn't know about it, no," he said.

"I don't think the time was right for her to tell me, otherwise she would have told me."

Father: We forgive Oscar, but he must pay for his crime

Barry Steenkamp has told a court he and his wife June forgive Oscar Pistorius for killing his daughter, but he must pay for his crime.

Mr Steenkamp added that he would like to talk to Pistorius one day.

"June (Reeva's mother) is a Christian, so am I but I don't really go to church. June has forgiven. She feels it's right in her heart to forgive Oscar," he said.

"But...forgiving like that, it still does not exonerate you from the crime that you committed. He has to pay for that.

"It's been very difficult for me to forgive. But I feel the same, that Oscar has to pay for what he did. He has to pay for it. And that's all I can say.

"Most probably the time will come when I want to talk to Oscar, in private, not now, at a later stage, I would like to talk to him, yes."

Father: Reeva's death 'like it happened yesterday'

The father of Reeva Steenkamp has described in court the moment he found out his daughter had died.

"I was at work. I got a phone call from June", said Barry Steenkamp.

"I couldn't really understand what she was so upset about. (She was) screaming and shouting. At first I thought one of our animals had got killed or something. She said 'come home immediately, come home'.

"I dropped everything. On my way home I tried to fathom what she had tried to tell me but then I realised she'd mentioned Reeva.

"Driving home I realised more and more, Reeva's been killed. It hit me then.

"It's like it happened yesterday. Thank god we had a friend of us staying at the house. He was trying to comfort June."

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