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Kim Martin: Oscar Pistorius Must Pay

by on October 16, 2014
 

Kim Martin calls upon judge to hand down “sufficient punishment” to the athlete, saying that she did not believe that his courtroom apology for the killing was sincere

On the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing hearing in Pretoria, the cousin of Reeva Steenkamp told the court that the athlete should “pay for what he’s done”.

While giving emotional testimony on the impact of Miss Steenkamp’s death on her family, Ms Martin said they were “not seeking revenge”, but added that Pistorius needed “sufficient punishment”, to “give a message to society that you cannot do this and get away with it”.

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Judge Thokozile Masipa is listening to testimony from witnesses before deciding what punishment the double-amputee Olympian must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting Miss Steenkamp in his home last year.

Pistorius’ defence lawyers have argued for a sentence of three years of house arrest.

Prosecutors say the former star athlete should be sent to jail.

 

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