| July 6, 2016

The South African and foreign media are all geared for what may prove to be the last chapter in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial as the Paralympian arrives in court on Wednesday.

The former sport icon will be sentenced on a charge of murder after he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013.

His initial guilty verdict of culpable homicide was overturned to murder by the Appeals Court in Bloemfontein.

According to the Minimum Sentence Act, Pistorius faces a long jail term, although many of his supporters hope he will get a non-custodial sentence.

An international supporter of Pistorius,Willie Roos, says :"As we believe that the original verdict of culpable homicide was the correct verdict ,we believe that is more or less the same as the sentence that was given by Judge Thokozile Masipa."

Pistorius' supporters were urged to especially think, pray or light a candle for him on Tuesday night.

The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has been supporting the Steenkamp family throughout the trial, saying they hope Pistorius will spend several years behind bars.

ANCWL Spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng says: "The ANC Women's League and the Progressive Women's Movement are confident this time Judge Masipa will give a sentence between 15 and 10 years."

She says Reeva's parents will attend the court proceedings on Wednesday .

Pistorius' advocate, Barry Roux, pulled out all the stops in an attempt to convince the court to deviate from the prescribed 15 years behind bars. He focussed on the public's perception of Pistorius.

"They want to see Oscar Pistoruis running to the bathroom with his gold medal around his neck."

Roux told the court Pistorius' talents can be better used outside the jail to help less fortunate people.

State Advocate, Gerrie Nel, however, said Pistorius has not shown any remorse or taken any responsibility for his action. "One can never argue that because there is a finding that he knew it wasn't Reeva or thought it was an intruder that's a less serious murder."

He told the court Pistorius must be sent to jail for a long time.

Source: Nam News Network

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