Pistorius 'community service' row

PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should not go to jail over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his sentencing hearing has been told.

A probation officer appearing for the defence said Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel described the suggestion as "shockingly inappropriate".

Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp last month - but was cleared of murder.

The decision was criticised by the victim's family.

Pistorius faces up to 15 years in jail, although Judge Thokozile Masipa may suspend the sentence or impose a fine.

She said the athlete had acted "negligently" when he shot his girlfriend through a toilet door, but had genuinely thought her to be an intruder.

Comments (3)

God will judge him for his sin, he can smile in this world but is awaiting the lake of fire, taking someone elses life, who is he, what if his was taken, how would his relatives feel. Community service for murder, will this curb crime, which society is going to accept him, life is so precious, once its lost, thats it, God created the world and everything in it, the fear of the creator is the beginning of wisdom, honouring up could have made a difference rather than lie through his teeth, a serious sin again which makes the whole body filthy, murderer cum liar goes scot free.

tichaona - 15 October 2014

If he repent before God he will be forgiven,God is not like men,he is a mercifull God

brown - 16 October 2014

God is a forgiving Being unlike man

ME - 19 October 2014

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