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".
#OscarPistorius Nel: only explanation is he took his gun, fired 4 shots and killed poor defenseless Reeva
#OscarPistorius Nel: if the benchmark for murder is 15 years, correctional supervision (ie. Non custodial sentence) would not even be close.
The cousin of Reeva Steenkamp has told Oscar Pistorius' sentencing trial that she didn't believe Reeva loved Oscar.
Carl Pistorius has broken his family's silence in an interview with ITV News.
The disgraced athlete should learn his fate by the end of the week - ending years of legal twists and turns.