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PRETORIA --- The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius
trial urged the judge yesterday to send the Olympic
athlete to prison for at least ten years, calling it the min-
imum acceptable term and noting the horrific nature of
the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pis-
torius sentence on Tuesday. She adjourned court yesterday
after chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel and chief defence lawyer
Barry Roux presented their final arguments for sentencing,
summing up the testimony in the weeklong hearing.
Masipa found Pistorius guilty last month of culpable
homicide for negligently killing Steenkamp, but acquitted
him of murder. Culpable homicide is comparable to
manslaughter and Masipa has a wide range of options on
Pistorius sentence. She could issue a suspended jail
sentence and a fine, order the 27-year-old Paralympic
champion to go under house arrest, or send him to prison
for up to 15 years.
Nel said to Judge Masipa: "The minimum term that
society will be happy with is 10 years in prison."
It was the first time prosecutors have said what sentence
they are seeking for the double-amputee runner for shooting
"The deceased died in a small cubicle behind a closed
door," Nel said. "Three bullets ripped through her body."
Later, Nel said "this is a serious matter. The negligence
borders on intent."
Pistorius chief defence lawyer Roux said the world-
famous athlete did not act with any "deviousness" when
he killed Steenkamp, and acted while feeling extremely
vulnerable and anxious. Pistorius testified he mistook
Steenkamp for a
in his home and
claimed the shooting
was a tragic accident.
"The accused s
actions were to some
extent dominated by
anxiety," Roux said to
the red-robed judge
who will decide Pis-
torius fate. "When
you come to sen-
tence ... you have to
look at the actions
with his frame of
Roux said there
was also "no con-
from Pistorius. He
suffering, both emo-
tional and financial,
since the February
14, 2013 shooting.
Pistorius at one point cried as he sat, his head bowed,
on a wooden bench behind his lawyer.
"He s not only broke, but he s broken. There is nothing
left of this man," Roux said. He said that Pistorius "hasn t
even the money to pay for legal expenses. He has nothing
Pistorius lawyers have argued for a three-year sentence
of occasional house arrest and community service and no
jail time, saying Pistorius has suffered emotionally and
financially already, and would be under duress in prison
because of his disability as a double amputee.
Nel called a house arrest sentence "shockingly dispro-
portionate" to what Pistorius did in the pre-dawn hours
of Valentine s Day last year when he shot four times with
his 9 mm pistol through a toilet cubicle door in his home,
hitting Steenkamp in the head, arm and hip.
Nel said Pistorius should never be allowed to own
a firearm again after he was also convicted on another
charge of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place in
a restaurant incident in early 2013, weeks before
Steenkamp s killing. (AP)
wants 10 years
in prison for
SHARJAH --- Young batsman Babar
Azam and Test hopeful Haris Sohail
smashed centuries as Pakistan A swelled
its lead to 338 against Australia on the
third day of their four-day match yes-
terday in the United Arab Emirates.
Azam, 20, made an unbeaten 114 and
rookie left-hander Sohail, who has been
named in a 19-man squad for next week s
first Test, scored a solid 103. Their dou-
ble-century stand anchored Pakistan A
to 306-3 at stumps after achieving a
slender 32-run first-innings lead.
Australia had a sniff when offspinner
Nathan Lyon removed Shan Masood and
Israrullah off successive deliveries, and
Ahmed Shehzad was run out to reduce
Pakistan A to 87-3 shortly after lunch.
But Azam and Sohail produced a 219-
run fourth-wicket stand and batted con-
fidently against Australia s spinners and
fast bowlers, who bowled in short spells
in the heat.
Azam was the first to reach three fig-
ures when he pushed James Faulkner to
mid on for a single, and hit nine fours
and three sixes in his 178-ball knock.
Sohail was more enterprising, and
raised his century when he upper cut
Mitchell Starc to the third man boundary
in the last over of the day for his ninth
four of the innings. He added three sixes.
Pakistan A 305-8 declared and 306-
3 (Babar Azam 114 not out, Haris
Sohail 103 out, Ahmed Shehzad 59;
Nathan Lyon 2-49) leads Australia
273-8 declared by 338 runs.
Azam & Sohail tons swell Pakistan A lead to 338
Oscar Pistorius cries in court in
Pretoria, South Africa yesterday
during the last day of sentencing
procedures where the defence
and prosecution will put their
case for and against sentencing.
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