Oscar Pistorius wobbled on his stumps in a South African courtroom as part of his defense team’s argument that the double-amputee athlete is a vulnerable man who deserves leniency
The Paralympic champion is convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal found Pistorius guilty of murder — irrespective of who was behind the door when he opened fire with a pistol he kept under his bed.
Pistorius is currently under house arrest after serving one year in jail for an initial manslaughter conviction in Steenkamp’s shooting death. That manslaughter conviction was changed by an appeals court to a more serious murder conviction.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux asked Pistorius to remove his prostheses, and the former track star then hobbled in front of Judge Thokozile Masipa, who later announced she will hand down her sentencing on July 6.
Appealing to the judge for a lighter sentence, Roux said;
“It is a man on his stumps, at three o’clock in the morning, who did not want to kill his girlfriend (and) believed that at the time she was in the bedroom. Do you send that person to 15 years in jail?” Roux said.
“Who else other than an intruder would have entered at three o’clock?”
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