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Oscar Pistorius “a broken man” – psychologist

By on June 13, 2016

Oscar Pistorius has shown no remorse for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a prosecutor told a court on Monday,

Oscar Pistorius is a “broken” man and should not be sent to jail, a psychologist has said at the South African athlete’s sentencing hearing.

Pistorius was convicted at the end of last year of the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He faces a jail term of 15 years but it may be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors.

Pistorius initially received a five-year sentence for culpable homicide, South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for shooting Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home. He had argued he mistook her for an intruder.

The conviction was later upgraded to murder after an appeal heard by the Supreme Court, which ruled in March he had exhausted all his legal options and could no longer appeal.

Original trial judge Thokozile Masipa started hearing the pre-sentencing arguments at Pretoria High Court on Monday.

Pistorius lost millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorships after reaching the pinnacle of his fame in London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, reaching the 400 metres semi-finals.

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