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Oscar Pistorius Walked Without His Prosthetic Legs In Court

His defense team requested he remove his prostheses while arguing he deserved leniency.

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Pistorius removed his protheses as part of his defense team's argument that he is a vulnerable man who deserves a shorter sentence.

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Defense lawyer Barry Roux asked Pistorius to remove his prostheses, and the former track star then hobbled in front of Judge Thokozile Masipa.

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The judge is expected to hand down Pistorius's sentence by Friday at the latest.

Pistorius was not wearing his prostheses when he fatally shot Steenkamp through a toilet door in his house in 2013.

Prosecutors argue Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp after an argument. Pistorius has been living under house arrest after initially serving one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter for shooting Steenkamp.

That conviction was overturned last year by an appeals court that convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alicia Melville-Smith at alicia.melville-smith@buzzfeed.com.

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