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As It Happened: Oscar Pistorius Given Five Years In Prison

The athlete was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympian and Paralympian was also handed a three-year sentence for a gun charge, but it was suspended and he won't have to serve it.

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You can watch a video of the sentencing here:

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Pistorius has supposedly arrived at Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he will serve his sentence.

EWN Reporter@ewnreporterFollow

#OscarPistrious is now at the Kgosi Mampuru correctional facility. He was taken inside through another entrance. GW

6:36 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Following the sentence, the International Paralympic Committee said it has banned Pistorius from competing for five years, the BBC reported.

Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

Oscar Pistorius celebrates after winning the men's 400-meter–T44 final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The ruling means that even in the likely event Pistorius is released from prison within 10 months to two years, he would still be unable to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Last month, the organization said it would not stop Pistorius from competing in Rio if he he had completed his sentence by the games.

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Pistorius has now left the court, and will head to prison to start his sentence.

RT “@POWER987News: Cheers and jeers as #OscarPistorius leaves court to start his sentence. ”

Nomsa Maseko@nomsa_masekoFollow

RT @POWER987News: Cheers and jeers as #OscarPistorius leaves court to start his sentence.

11:07 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is going to take some time for the country to digest that image of Oscar Pistorius, a prisoner in custody, being led to a police car.

Mandy Wiener@MandyWienerFollow

It is going to take some time for the country to digest that image of Oscar Pistorius, a prisoner in custody, being led to a police car.

11:20 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Pistorius family spoke to the media outside the courtroom.

Pistorius family addresses press. #OscarTrial .@eNCAnews

Phakamile Hlubi@phakxxFollow

Pistorius family addresses press. #OscarTrial .@eNCAnews

11:04 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They criticized the state for aggressively pushing the premeditated murder charge.

"The truth became totally irrelevant for the state's attempt to make the premeditated murder stick," said #Pistorius's Uncle Arnold

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

"The truth became totally irrelevant for the state's attempt to make the premeditated murder stick," said #Pistorius's Uncle Arnold

11:10 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pistorius' uncle Arnold said the athlete will "embrace" the jail sentence and welcome the opportunity to "pay back" society.

Arnold Pistorius says #OscarPistorius will "embrace" his jail sentence as an opportunity to "pay back" to society

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

Arnold Pistorius says #OscarPistorius will "embrace" his jail sentence as an opportunity to "pay back" to society

11:10 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarPistorius Arnold: As an uncle, I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks down path of restoration.

EWN Reporter@ewnreporterFollow

#OscarPistorius Arnold: As an uncle, I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks down path of restoration.

11:07 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Arnold Pistorius said the ordeal has been "harrowing" and "exhausting" for the family.

Arnold Pistorius, uncle of #OscarPistorius, says it's been a "harrowing" and exhausting 20-month ordeal for entire family

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

Arnold Pistorius, uncle of #OscarPistorius, says it's been a "harrowing" and exhausting 20-month ordeal for entire family

11:15 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The full statement can be read here, via The Guardian.

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Oscar Pistorius' brother, Carl, tweeted the following after the sentencing:

Together in Christ we are STRONG, in Christ there can never be defeat. #livewitheternityinmind

Carl Pistorius@carlpistoriusFollow

Together in Christ we are STRONG, in Christ there can never be defeat.
#livewitheternityinmind

10:31 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

May God gives you grace so that your salvation might be built up and not broken - regardless of the circumstance. #Hiswordwillnotreturnvoid

Carl Pistorius@carlpistoriusFollow

May God gives you grace so that your salvation might be built up and not broken - regardless of the circumstance.
#Hiswordwillnotreturnvoid

10:35 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Position: @OscarPistorius was sentenced under Section 276 1 i) of Criminal Procedures Act - he must serve 1/6th of his sentence in custody.

Carl Pistorius@carlpistoriusFollow

Position: @OscarPistorius was sentenced under Section 276 1 i) of Criminal Procedures Act - he must serve 1/6th of his sentence in custody.

10:57 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, appeared to smile briefly when the sentence was read out, according to reporters in the court.

Pool / Reuters

June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, attends the sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday,

#PistoriusTrial June Steenkamp smiles briefly. Perhaps some closure finally

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial June Steenkamp smiles briefly. Perhaps some closure finally

9:41 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Steenkamp lawyer Dup de Bruyn says “justice has been done”, as Reeva’s mother June gives a rare smile in court. #OscarPistorius

Nastasya Tay@NastasyaTayFollow

Steenkamp lawyer Dup de Bruyn says justice has been done, as Reevas mother June gives a rare smile in court. #OscarPistorius

10:23 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Guardian said she told reporters the sentence brought a kind of closure, but that the family would be unable to receive actual closure "unless you can magic [Reeva] back."

Reeva Steenkamp's father, Barry (below, second right), told reporters he was "pleased that it's over."

Spoke to Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry who said: "I'm pleased that it's over." #Pistorius

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Spoke to Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry who said: "I'm pleased that it's over." #Pistorius

10:12 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Guardian also reported that Barry Steenkamp said he was "very satisfied" with the sentence and felt it was sufficient.

This image was left discarded on the floor of the Steenkamp family benches following the hearing.

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Pistorius' defense team said that the athlete could be out of jail after 10 months, at which point he'd be able to apply for house arrest.

#OscarPistorius will be able to apply for house arrest after 10 months in jail, a member of his legal team explains.

Erin Conway-Smith@ejcsFollow

#OscarPistorius will be able to apply for house arrest after 10 months in jail, a member of his legal team explains.

9:54 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, prosecution officials dispute this, saying he will have to serve at least two years.

Already a discrepancy, Steenkamp lawyer says 5 year sentence means #Pistorius will spend 2 years in jail, defence says much less time

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

Already a discrepancy, Steenkamp lawyer says 5 year sentence means #Pistorius will spend 2 years in jail, defence says much less time

10:01 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The National Prosecution Authority said it has yet to decide whether to appeal the sentence.

#oscartrial the NPA says that it is considering an Appeal but it has 14 days to make a final decision.

Oscar Trial Channel@OscarTrial199Follow

#oscartrial the NPA says that it is considering an Appeal but it has 14 days to make a final decision.

10:04 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Pistorius family said they don't intend to appeal.

Asked uncle Arnold #Pistorius if there would be an appeal. He shook his head and said, "No".

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Asked uncle Arnold #Pistorius if there would be an appeal. He shook his head and said, "No".

9:44 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The court has adjourned, after Judge Masipa thanked the counsels and the gallery.

With her final words, the Judge thanks the gallery. "It has not been easy." No, it certainly hasn't.

Tom Peck@tompeckFollow

With her final words, the Judge thanks the gallery. "It has not been easy." No, it certainly hasn't.

9:40 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarPistorius walks round to stairs behind him. No expression. Shakes hand with Uncle Arnold, and disappears down into the cells.

andrew harding@BBCAndrewHFollow

#OscarPistorius walks round to stairs behind him. No expression. Shakes hand with Uncle Arnold, and disappears down into the cells.

9:40 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide relating to the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He got three years wholly suspended for a separate gun charge. The two sentences will run concurrently.

BREAKING: #OscarPistorius’ sentence: 5 years for shooting Reeva, 3 years (wholly suspended) for the gun charge.

Nastasya Tay@NastasyaTayFollow

BREAKING: #OscarPistorius sentence: 5 years for shooting Reeva, 3 years (wholly suspended) for the gun charge.

9:35 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial The two sentences will run concurrently.

EWN Reporter@ewnreporterFollow

#OscarTrial The two sentences will run concurrently.

9:35 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pistorius remained stony-faced as the sentence was read out.

Pistorius remained stony-faced for the verdict, and now seated. Appears he is far less traumatised by his own sad fate, than of Reeva's.

Tom Peck@tompeckFollow

Pistorius remained stony-faced for the verdict, and now seated. Appears he is far less traumatised by his own sad fate, than of Reeva's.

9:36 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Pistorius seemed almost resigned to the fact - there was no emotion on his face.

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial Pistorius seemed almost resigned to the fact - there was no emotion on his face.

9:43 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Pistorius goes down the stairs to prison http://t.co/t5Stb3pFrm

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

#Pistorius goes down the stairs to prison http://t.co/t5Stb3pFrm

10:09 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He briefly shook hands with his uncle, before being led to holding cells.

Pistorius shook hands with his uncle Arnold, but there are no hugs with brother or sister. He is now an incarcerated man.

Tom Peck@tompeckFollow

Pistorius shook hands with his uncle Arnold, but there are no hugs with brother or sister. He is now an incarcerated man.

9:42 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

as he descended stairs to courthouse cell, #Pistorius briefly grasped the hands of family members, gave tiny shake of head & wry expression

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

as he descended stairs to courthouse cell, #Pistorius briefly grasped the hands of family members, gave tiny shake of head & wry expression

9:44 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#oscartrial Masipa says that a non custodial sentence would not be appropriate but that neither would a long sentence, suffice.

Oscar Trial Channel@OscarTrial199Follow

#oscartrial Masipa says that a non custodial sentence would not be appropriate but that neither would a long sentence, suffice.

9:32 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says suspended sentence not appropriate.

#oscartrial Masipa says that she believes that in Oscar's case, a suspended sentence would not be appropriate.

Oscar Trial Channel@OscarTrial199Follow

#oscartrial Masipa says that she believes that in Oscar's case, a suspended sentence would not be appropriate.

9:30 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Says sentence of three years house arrest plus community service, as suggested by defense witnesses, would not be appropriate.

Masipa says sentences suggested by Maringa and Vergeer are not appropriate. #OscarPistorius #OscarTrial

The team at News24@MyNews24Follow

Masipa says sentences suggested by Maringa and Vergeer are not appropriate. #OscarPistorius #OscarTrial

9:26 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa is implying the Pistorius case is worse than the case law she's been citing. The case in question — the Voster case — ended up with a suspended prison sentence of three years.

Judge Masipa dismisses defence claim that #Pistorius case is similar to Voster, arguing #Pistorius's four shots into small toilet was worse

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

Judge Masipa dismisses defence claim that #Pistorius case is similar to Voster, arguing #Pistorius's four shots into small toilet was worse

9:24 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#PistoriusTrial People listening intently both inside and outside the courtroom

Nomsa Maseko@nomsa_masekoFollow

#PistoriusTrial People listening intently both inside and outside the courtroom

9:18 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says court should be "merciful", and should strive to keep a person out of prison wherever possible, if they are not serious criminals.

Court should be merciful, Masipa says - a glimmer of good news in a bad morning for #OscarPistorius #PistoriusTrial

Jerome Starkey@jeromestarkeyFollow

Court should be merciful, Masipa says - a glimmer of good news in a bad morning for #OscarPistorius #PistoriusTrial

9:19 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PistoriusTrial Judge says one should strive to keep people out of prison (if they not serial criminals)

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Judge says one should strive to keep people out of prison (if they not serial criminals)

9:19 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Reporters in the court said Pistorius has remained motionless throughout the morning's proceedings.

#Pistorius, who has been immobile throughout the morning, clenches his jaw, sending a ripple of tendons up his cheek to his temple

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

#Pistorius, who has been immobile throughout the morning, clenches his jaw, sending a ripple of tendons up his cheek to his temple

9:17 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The judge is dealing with case law regarding culpable homicide.

#OscarTrial Masipa dealing with case law related to culpable homicide.

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial Masipa dealing with case law related to culpable homicide.

9:15 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Judge Masipa talks about the severe post traumatic stress of another man accused of culpable homicide, seems to be comparing w/#Pistorius

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

Judge Masipa talks about the severe post traumatic stress of another man accused of culpable homicide, seems to be comparing w/#Pistorius

9:16 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Judge Masipa talks about the severe post traumatic stress of another man accused of culpable homicide, seems to be comparing w/#Pistorius

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

Judge Masipa talks about the severe post traumatic stress of another man accused of culpable homicide, seems to be comparing w/#Pistorius

9:16 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa is drawing her conclusions.

#PistoriusTrial Judge teases us by saying ' in conclusion'...cant be long now

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Judge teases us by saying ' in conclusion'...cant be long now

9:11 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Says she faces a difficult balancing act in terms of consequences of Pistorius' negligence.

#OscarTrial Masipa has a delicate balancing act to do here, as she clearly spells out now in her conclusion.

EWN Reporter@ewnreporterFollow

#OscarTrial Masipa has a delicate balancing act to do here, as she clearly spells out now in her conclusion.

9:11 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Court must have regard to degree of culpability and blameworthiness in committing the criminal act

Debora Patta@Debora_PattaFollow

#OscarTrial Court must have regard to degree of culpability and blameworthiness in committing the criminal act

9:12 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial At same time actual consequences of accused negligence cannot be disregarded

Debora Patta@Debora_PattaFollow

#OscarTrial At same time actual consequences of accused negligence cannot be disregarded

9:12 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Masipa also points out that the actions of the accused must be weighed up against the possible action of the 'reasonable person'

Oscar Trial Channel@OscarTrial199Follow

#oscartrial Masipa also points out that the actions of the accused must be weighed up against the possible action of the 'reasonable person'

9:14 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Masipa has moved on to Reeva's cousin Kim Martin's testimony, and says that her pain reflects that of the Steenkamps.

Masipa: Doubtless this pain reflects the pain of the parents. Loss of life cannot be reversed. Nothing I say today can reverse what happened

Milton Nkosi@nkosi_miltonFollow

Masipa: Doubtless this pain reflects the pain of the parents. Loss of life cannot be reversed. Nothing I say today can reverse what happened

9:10 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa stresses the need to differentiate between vengeance and justice.

#PistoriusTrial Judge says society demands those guilty be punished but need to differentiate between what society wants; vengence + justice

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Judge says society demands those guilty be punished but need to differentiate between what society wants; vengence + justice

9:07 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She says South Africa's constitution has ensured its legal system is not stuck in "the dark ages."

#PistoriusTrial Judge says society demands those guilty be punished but need to differentiate between what society wants; vengence + justice

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Judge says society demands those guilty be punished but need to differentiate between what society wants; vengence + justice

9:07 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And stresses the need for sentence not to be seen as "too lenient" in the eyes of the public.

if a sentence is "too lenient," the justice system can fall into disrepute and society could take law into own hands, Judge says

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

if a sentence is "too lenient," the justice system can fall into disrepute and society could take law into own hands, Judge says

9:09 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Masipa accepts that negative media attention could have an effect on Pistorius' reputation.

#OscarTrial Judge: It is a fact that negative media reports may affect a person's reputation, career and prospects

Debora Patta@Debora_PattaFollow

#OscarTrial Judge: It is a fact that negative media reports may affect a person's reputation, career and prospects

9:05 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, she has not taken into account other facts in the media coverage.

Masipa: Negative media reports - I have taken note of only that fact. Not other facts in the media.

Milton Nkosi@nkosi_miltonFollow

Masipa: Negative media reports - I have taken note of only that fact. Not other facts in the media.

9:05 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The court accepts Pistorius' remorse as a mitigating factor, and his attempted apology to the Steenkamp family.

Judge Masipa now criticizing #Pistorius for his 4 shots into "small cubicle" where nobody could hide. He was trained in guns, she says

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

Judge Masipa now criticizing #Pistorius for his 4 shots into "small cubicle" where nobody could hide. He was trained in guns, she says

9:02 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa describes Pistorius' crimes as "serious", and criticizes him for firing four shots into a "small cubicle" where there was no room for escape.

Judge Masipa now criticizing #Pistorius for his 4 shots into "small cubicle" where nobody could hide. He was trained in guns, she says

Geoffrey York@geoffreyyorkFollow

Judge Masipa now criticizing #Pistorius for his 4 shots into "small cubicle" where nobody could hide. He was trained in guns, she says

9:02 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says Pistorius has made an "enormous" contribution to society through his charity work and changing perceptions of disability.

Masipa: There is no doubt the accused made an "enormous contribution to society". He inspired. #Pistorius

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Masipa: There is no doubt the accused made an "enormous contribution to society". He inspired. #Pistorius

9:00 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says Pistorius' status would not lead him to be treated differently to others in the the eyes of the law.

It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were created that there was one law for the poor & another for the rich & famous

Jerome Starkey@jeromestarkeyFollow

It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were created that there was one law for the poor & another for the rich & famous

8:58 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She criticizes the defense team for drawing attention to Pistorius' vulnerability. Says he has good coping skills.

#OscarTrial Masipa says she felt unease at the emphasis placed on accused vulnerability. Says accused has excellent coping skills.

Mandy Wiener@MandyWienerFollow

#OscarTrial Masipa says she felt unease at the emphasis placed on accused vulnerability. Says accused has excellent coping skills.

8:58 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says the South African prison system would be able to accommodate not only Pistorius' disability, but also treatment for his mental health.

Judge Masipa has said that South Africa can accommodate #Pistorius, who is sitting rigid in the dock, almost petrified

Stephanie Findlay@SJFindlayFollow

Judge Masipa has said that South Africa can accommodate #Pistorius, who is sitting rigid in the dock, almost petrified

8:55 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Judge also rejects concerns raised by the defence legal team about Pistorius mental health in prison, says resources can be found to help

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Judge also rejects concerns raised by the defence legal team about Pistorius mental health in prison, says resources can be found to help

8:56 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa says she will take into account the fact Pistorius is a first-time offender.

#PistoriusTrial Being a first time offencer DOES count in the eyes of the Judge and will form a basis for her sentencing; thats the law

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Being a first time offencer DOES count in the eyes of the Judge and will form a basis for her sentencing; thats the law

8:53 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Masipa was impressed by the evidence of correctional services' Zac Modise's evidence.

No hesitation in accepting #Modise's evidence. He didn't paint a problem free department. 2 nil to #Nel. DCS making strides @OscarTrial199

bongani bingwa@bonglezFollow

No hesitation in accepting #Modise's evidence. He didn't paint a problem free department. 2 nil to #Nel. DCS making strides @OscarTrial199

8:52 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So Judge is giving herself plenty of room for a prison sentence for #OscarPistorius but will she follow it up? Suspense building here.

andrew harding@BBCAndrewHFollow

So Judge is giving herself plenty of room for a prison sentence for #OscarPistorius but will she follow it up? Suspense building here.

8:52 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa criticizes social worker Annette Vergeer's testimony. Said she was "slapdash" and her evidence "outdated" and "perfunctory."

Judge says what lots were thinking: "I was not impressed at all by the evidence of Mrs Vergeer as a witness".

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Judge says what lots were thinking: "I was not impressed at all by the evidence of Mrs Vergeer as a witness".

8:49 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Vergeer not impressive. One nil to #Nel @OscarTrial199 uninformed, sketchy, outdated,biased. Disturbing for someone with 28 yrs experience

bongani bingwa@bonglezFollow

#Vergeer not impressive. One nil to #Nel @OscarTrial199 uninformed, sketchy, outdated,biased. Disturbing for someone with 28 yrs experience

8:50 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Court is back in session, and Pistorius is expected to hear his sentence within the next 90 minutes.

Judge Masipa is currently recapping the evidence given in mitigation and aggravation of sentencing last week.

This reading of sentence, by the way, has been estimated at 90 minutes. On current going, I suspect it may be quicker.

Tom Peck@tompeckFollow

This reading of sentence, by the way, has been estimated at 90 minutes. On current going, I suspect it may be quicker.

8:39 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Judge Masipa thanked both counsels, and draws proceedings to a close.

We adjourn until 9:30 am local time, Oct. 21.

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Roux made several corrections to Nel's argument. He rejected Nel's argument about shower rails, as Pistorius had a pedestal in his shower instead.

#OscarTrial Roux: the pedestal allows the accused to sit and use two hands. BB

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial Roux: the pedestal allows the accused to sit and use two hands. BB

11:16 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux says The Evidence Room video leak had nothing to do with them, sold against their wishes and breaking confidentiality clause.

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Roux says The Evidence Room video leak had nothing to do with them, sold against their wishes and breaking confidentiality clause.

11:18 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Roux insists the offer of money to Steenkamps post judgment was not intended to influence them on sentencing.

EWN Reporter@ewnreporterFollow

#OscarTrial Roux insists the offer of money to Steenkamps post judgment was not intended to influence them on sentencing.

11:17 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel suggested Pistorius could get a bench for showering in prison.

#OscarPistorius Nel: in any prison cell Oscar can get a little bench for the shower.

Gia Nicolaides@GiaNicolaidesFollow

#OscarPistorius Nel: in any prison cell Oscar can get a little bench for the shower.

11:19 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Nel called for a "long incarceration." Said it's not up to court to decide on prison conditions.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel calls for a "long incarceration" for Oscar Pistorius over Reeva Steenkamp killing

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel calls for a "long incarceration" for Oscar Pistorius over Reeva Steenkamp killing

11:09 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel says Pistorius must go to jail. If correctional services can't cater for him "then we can come back" @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

Karyn Maughan@karynmaughanFollow

Nel says Pistorius must go to jail. If correctional services can't cater for him "then we can come back" @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

11:12 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel said that the minimum term the crime deserved was ten years imprisonment.

#PistoriusTrial Nel says minimum term that society wd be happy with would be ten years in jail

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Nel says minimum term that society wd be happy with would be ten years in jail

11:14 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Nel brought up Pistorius' media treatment. Judge Masipa intervened to say that any reference to the media in either closing argument will be disregarded.

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Nel has compared the evidence of social worker Annette Vergeer and Zac Modise. Said Modise's was strong, while rubbishing Vergeer's.

#oscartrial Nel: court will reject Vergeer's evidence - generalised, out-dated, sketchy. I was flabbergasted she based report on 2005 speech

Oscar Trial Channel@OscarTrial199Follow

#oscartrial Nel: court will reject Vergeer's evidence - generalised, out-dated, sketchy. I was flabbergasted she based report on 2005 speech

10:56 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Nel accused Pistorius of hypocrisy: that he triumphed over disability in his athletics career, but "shamelessly" using it to attempt to avoid prison in court.

Nel on disability: A man who wanted to run with able bodied athletes will now "shamelessly use it as an excuse in mitigating arguments".

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Nel on disability: A man who wanted to run with able bodied athletes will now "shamelessly use it as an excuse in mitigating arguments".

10:52 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PistoriusTrial Nel admits he (Nel) is on dangerous ground and 'its crude' but suggests he's using 'handicap on call' when 'it suits'

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Nel admits he (Nel) is on dangerous ground and 'its crude' but suggests he's using 'handicap on call' when 'it suits'

10:52 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He rubbished the argument that Pistorius should not go to prison as there are no railings in the showers. Pointed out there were no railings in Pistorius' own shower.

Nel makes a fair point, eyebrows raised: #OscarPistorius’ own shower has no railing, so why the fuss about rails in prison?

Nastasya Tay@NastasyaTayFollow

Nel makes a fair point, eyebrows raised: #OscarPistorius’ own shower has no railing, so why the fuss about rails in prison?

10:53 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He brought up Pistorius' notorious trip to a nightclub in the wake of the trial, said these are not the actions of a remorseful person.

Nel mentions #OscarPistorius recent altercation at nightclub - "not something a remorseful or anxious person would do."

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Nel mentions #OscarPistorius recent altercation at nightclub - "not something a remorseful or anxious person would do."

10:54 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Nel has been unflinching in his attempts to stop Pistorius being portrayed as any kind of victim.

Nel brutally stripping away any pity the judge might feel for Pistorius- the Steenkamps may never recover, he says, they're the victims here

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Nel brutally stripping away any pity the judge might feel for Pistorius- the Steenkamps may never recover, he says, they're the victims here

10:45 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Court is back in session. Nel quotes the case history in regard to negligence. Argued that this level of negligence borders on the murder charge of dolus eventualis.

#OscarTrial Nel resumes by arguing that this is negligence bordering on dolus eventualis, evidently still bruised from the judgment.

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#OscarTrial Nel resumes by arguing that this is negligence bordering on dolus eventualis, evidently still bruised from the judgment.

10:33 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Nel pushing hard that this is borderline eventualis so should be a heavy culp type sentence more in line with murder conviction.

Mandy Wiener@MandyWienerFollow

#OscarTrial Nel pushing hard that this is borderline eventualis so should be a heavy culp type sentence more in line with murder conviction.

10:39 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He drew the court's attention to Pistorius' response that he didn't fire a warning shot because he was concerned it would ricochet towards him. Said this suggests he was thinking clearly.

Nel picks up on Pistorius's response that he didn't fire warning shot into the shower,suggesting he was thinking clearly,not just in a panic

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Nel picks up on Pistorius's response that he didn't fire warning shot into the shower,suggesting he was thinking clearly,not just in a panic

10:36 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel suggested that Pistorius' has sought to portray himself as a victim throughout the trial process.

Nel does impersonation of Pistorius, who he suggests is unjustifiably portraying himself as victim of state and media @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

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Nel does impersonation of Pistorius, who he suggests is unjustifiably portraying himself as victim of state and media @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

10:43 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Prosecutor Gerrie Nel started his closing argument by saying sentence must take into account what society wants.

#oscartrial Nel says society is involved in sentencing and court must take 'us' into account. What 'we' want.

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#oscartrial Nel says society is involved in sentencing and court must take 'us' into account. What 'we' want.

9:50 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Nel: society must ask what will happen if I walk in my house, fire four shots into a little cubicle? What will the court do?

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#oscartrial Nel: society must ask what will happen if I walk in my house, fire four shots into a little cubicle? What will the court do?

9:50 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He said the court needs to think about Reeva Steenkamp, and her family, rather than Pistorius. Said the court has been thinking about Pistorius for months. Said court was lucky to hear from Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin.

#oscartrial Nel: losing a child is the most devastating thing that can happen to anyone - we were lucky to hear Martin, she represents us..

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#oscartrial Nel: losing a child is the most devastating thing that can happen to anyone - we were lucky to hear Martin, she represents us..

9:54 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Nel: the softly-spoken words of Martin imploring the court trumps every other noise, screams, shots heard in the court.

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#oscartrial Nel: the softly-spoken words of Martin imploring the court trumps every other noise, screams, shots heard in the court.

9:55 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel lambasted Pistorius' offers of payment to the Steenkamp family. Said it was an attempt to influence sentencing.

#oscartrial Nel: when I heard that the family was so financially deprived that they had to accept R6000 advance on settlement I was saddened

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#oscartrial Nel: when I heard that the family was so financially deprived that they had to accept R6000 advance on settlement I was saddened

9:57 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Nel questions the timing of the settlement offer. It would be different if Pistorius had offered it after the trial.

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#oscartrial Nel questions the timing of the settlement offer. It would be different if Pistorius had offered it after the trial.

9:58 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel said the concept of a sentence of correctional supervision is "shockingly disproportionate" to Pistorius' crime.

#OscarTrial Nel: that suggested sentence is shockingly disproportionate to the crime. BB

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#OscarTrial Nel: that suggested sentence is shockingly disproportionate to the crime. BB

10:07 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He emphasized that Reeva did nothing to contribute to her death.

The deceased did nothing to contribute to her own death - didn't run out, she stood behind the door #oscartrial Nel says Reeva was innocent

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The deceased did nothing to contribute to her own death - didn't run out, she stood behind the door #oscartrial Nel says Reeva was innocent

10:10 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Three more bullets ripped through her body #oscartrial Nel says it was horrific, how Reeva died behind the door.

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Three more bullets ripped through her body #oscartrial Nel says it was horrific, how Reeva died behind the door.

10:11 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel emphasized that, though the Steenkamps were poor, they were incredibly loving, and that should be considered.

#OscarTrial Nel: Here we have a family that made up in love, what they lacked in financial means.

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#OscarTrial Nel: Here we have a family that made up in love, what they lacked in financial means.

10:11 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Roux talked about the "unfairness" of the media's treatment of Pistorius.

#oscartrial Roux lambasts the media, social media for how they treated accused, also in Dewani case.

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#oscartrial Roux lambasts the media, social media for how they treated accused, also in Dewani case.

8:49 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Roux lambasts media for making Pistorius into a 'cold blooded killer'.

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#oscartrial Roux lambasts media for making Pistorius into a 'cold blooded killer'.

8:51 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux said society has moved on, that people should move away from the initial instinct that someone does something bad, they should go to prison. Prison should be last resort.

Roux: First reaction is that offender must go to prison. "Be careful that you don't become trapped in that mindset. Society has moved on."

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Roux: First reaction is that offender must go to prison. "Be careful that you don't become trapped in that mindset. Society has moved on."

8:55 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Said consequences for Pistorius have already been awful.

#oscartrial Roux: he lost the person he love, lots self respect, dignity, friends, career, income...everything.

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#oscartrial Roux: he lost the person he love, lots self respect, dignity, friends, career, income...everything.

9:20 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He has said that the offer of money made to Reeva Steenkamp's parents was private and sincere.

#oscartrial Roux: on the money...it's not about the money...it's just showing him to the court - when approached, he helped, no fanfare.

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#oscartrial Roux: on the money...it's not about the money...it's just showing him to the court - when approached, he helped, no fanfare.

9:25 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He said correctional supervision and community service is a punishment, but it is restorative, rather than retributive like a prison sentence.

Roux on prison sentence: "It can never be consistent with ubuntu, consistent with restorative justice. It would be retribution." #Pistorius

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Roux on prison sentence: "It can never be consistent with ubuntu, consistent with restorative justice. It would be retribution." #Pistorius

9:42 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux said Pistorius desperately felt the need to apologize, but the Steenkamps' lawyer thought it not appropriate to pass letters Pistorius wrote onto them. Roux finished his argument.

#oscartrial Roux is done. Nel says sentencing is different from technicalities of judgement.

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#oscartrial Roux is done. Nel says sentencing is different from technicalities of judgement.

9:49 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Closing arguments are underway, with the defense's Barry Roux going first. He said the decision must ultimately be approached in the context of a "tragic event" and that the loss of the Steenkamp's child is the "greatest devastation."

#oscartrial Roux says the basis on which to approach this is that the loss of a child is without any argument devastating.

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#oscartrial Roux says the basis on which to approach this is that the loss of a child is without any argument devastating.

8:33 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Roux says Pistorius accepts the judgement.

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#oscartrial Roux says Pistorius accepts the judgement.

8:34 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux emphasized Pistorius' belief that he "genuinely, though erroneously" believed there was an intruder behind his bathroom door.

#oscartrial Roux summarises that Pistorius honestly but erroneously believed his life was endangered.

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#oscartrial Roux summarises that Pistorius honestly but erroneously believed his life was endangered.

8:34 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Roux: court found clearly that he did not subjectively foresee he could kill person behind the door...let alone the deceased.

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#oscartrial Roux: court found clearly that he did not subjectively foresee he could kill person behind the door...let alone the deceased.

8:35 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He maintained Pistorius did not conciously act unlawfully

#oscartrial Roux: there was no conscious deviousness...

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#oscartrial Roux: there was no conscious deviousness...

8:38 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux brought up the concept of ubuntu: that the punishment should be about restorative justice and giving something back to society.

Roux arguing Pistorius's punishment should be centred around ubuntu, an impt concept here in SA & a big rhetoric move

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Roux arguing Pistorius's punishment should be centred around ubuntu, an impt concept here in SA & a big rhetoric move

8:40 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#oscartrial Roux: the test is what is in the interest of society - that's why court is there, custodian of the interest of society.

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#oscartrial Roux: the test is what is in the interest of society - that's why court is there, custodian of the interest of society.

8:43 AM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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According to reporters in the court, sentencing looks like it may not come until early next week.

Clear from multiple sources that #OscarPistorius sentence will be on Tuesday not tomorrow.

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Clear from multiple sources that #OscarPistorius sentence will be on Tuesday not tomorrow.

1:46 PM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Proceedings resumed. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said he has no more witnesses.

No more witnesses for the state, says Nel, having kept to his initial count of 2. Suggests final #OscarPistorius arguments tmw.

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No more witnesses for the state, says Nel, having kept to his initial count of 2. Suggests final #OscarPistorius arguments tmw.

1:17 PM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Court then adjourned for the day, with closing arguments to come tomorrow.

#OscarTrial Closing arguments in sentencing tomorrow.

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#OscarTrial Closing arguments in sentencing tomorrow.

1:17 PM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, who finished her testimony today, has tweeted this:

Tx for all the messages of support, Reeva really was with me. Lets keep her voice alive. #ReevaSteenkamp #Love.

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Tx for all the messages of support, Reeva really was with me. Lets keep her voice alive. #ReevaSteenkamp #Love.

5:59 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Referring to the debate in court over the safety and privacy of showers in prison, Martin said:

Reeva will never shower with or without doors ever again

Kim Martin@kimberleycptFollow

Reeva will never shower with or without doors ever again

9:59 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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During the break, there is a disturbance in court when self-confessed killer Mikey Schultz is removed from benches reserved for the Pistorius family and supporters. Pistorius' sister Aimee ends up in tears.

RT @barrybateman: #OscarTrial Mikey Schultz and a friend have just taken up a seat in front of me in the Pistorius family row. BB

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RT @barrybateman: #OscarTrial Mikey Schultz and a friend have just taken up a seat in front of me in the Pistorius family row. BB

11:01 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

For those unschooled in SA crime world, Mikey Schultz is the self-confessed killer of mine magnate Brett Kebble

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For those unschooled in SA crime world, Mikey Schultz is the self-confessed killer of mine magnate Brett Kebble

11:02 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Aimee’s concern with Schultz sitting on the bench is that it may create the impression that “they’re associated with us”. BB

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#OscarTrial Aimee’s concern with Schultz sitting on the bench is that it may create the impression that “they’re associated with us”. BB

11:04 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial several Pistorius family members have raised their concerns with the court orderlies. BB

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial several Pistorius family members have raised their concerns with the court orderlies. BB

11:05 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Aimee is now crying. Details unclear. BB

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial Aimee is now crying. Details unclear. BB

11:10 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial according to word from the Pistorius’s, Scgultz allegedly mouthed 𠇏**k you” at Aimee. BB

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial according to word from the Pistorius’s, Scgultz allegedly mouthed ????**k you” at Aimee. BB

11:11 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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After the break, Modise confirmed there were 22 cells in the hospital section, only 7 of which are occupied.

#oscartrial Modise describes how access is controlled to hospital section. He says there are 22 cells in hospital section, only 7 occupied.

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#oscartrial Modise describes how access is controlled to hospital section. He says there are 22 cells in hospital section, only 7 occupied.

10:38 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Modise says he knows there are seven cells occupied, but is unsure how many patients are on the wards.

However, Roux points out the staff-to-prisoner ratio.

#oscartrial Modise lists spaces available, personnel on duty at Kgosi Mampuru. Roux points out ratio of 1 doctor for 7000 inmates...

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#oscartrial Modise lists spaces available, personnel on duty at Kgosi Mampuru. Roux points out ratio of 1 doctor for 7000 inmates...

10:34 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Modise said Pistorius would be assessed for single cell suitability before arrives. Roux accused Modise of rowing back on promises.

Roux says Modise already rowing back on promises, talking re OP being assessed for single cell suitability when he said before he'd get one

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Roux says Modise already rowing back on promises, talking re OP being assessed for single cell suitability when he said before he'd get one

10:50 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Modise a few questions about access to a private medical practitioner, before asking for a long lunch break to prepare a witness, and says he'll be done by tomorrow.

#OscarTrial Nel wants to stand down until 2pm - he says they will be ready to finalise argument. BB

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#OscarTrial Nel wants to stand down until 2pm - he says they will be ready to finalise argument. BB

11:02 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Roux got an admission from Modise that Pistorius would have to go in the hospital section of Pretoria Central prison, rather than the general section.

Roux asks if he can go to Pretoria Central to verify Modise's claims. Modise agrees hospital section rather than general section wd suit OP

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Roux asks if he can go to Pretoria Central to verify Modise's claims. Modise agrees hospital section rather than general section wd suit OP

9:58 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, Modise says he does not know how many suitable cells are available in that section.

Roux says he's only dealing with hospital section #oscartrial Modise is unaware of numbers of cells available.

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Roux says he's only dealing with hospital section #oscartrial Modise is unaware of numbers of cells available.

10:02 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Court has adjourned for half an hour to give Modise the time to find out.

Court adjourns so Modise can send an official to check on numbers. Judge adjourns but not before thanking us for her birthday clap.

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Court adjourns so Modise can send an official to check on numbers. Judge adjourns but not before thanking us for her birthday clap.

10:02 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Roux has read a newspaper story about the leader of the notorius 26s gang making a specific threat to Pistorius' safety in prison. Modise said he's not aware of the story. Roux said he's surprised, as it had been widely reported.

#PistoriusTrial Roux reads from paper saying the General of the 26's gang had reported OP's riches wd be useless in jail; he'd be taken out

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#PistoriusTrial Roux reads from paper saying the General of the 26's gang had reported OP's riches wd be useless in jail; he'd be taken out

9:49 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Roux quotes, "This jailbird promised Pistorius hell, saying his wealth would not buy him a lavish prison lifestyle": http://t.co/qx1VXDCUy3

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Roux quotes, "This jailbird promised Pistorius hell, saying his wealth would not buy him a lavish prison lifestyle": http://t.co/qx1VXDCUy3

9:49 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The defense's Barry Roux has started his cross examination of Modise by discussing a newspaper report looking into an increase in torture cases in South African prisons, and the concerns of various NGOs.

Roux reads from the Star newspaper from yesterday that says the department as come under attack for increase in torture cases. #oscartrial

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Roux reads from the Star newspaper from yesterday that says the department as come under attack for increase in torture cases. #oscartrial

9:38 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Modise says one has to put the objective of NGOs into perspective - they don't verify findings before they publish #oscartrial

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Modise says one has to put the objective of NGOs into perspective - they don't verify findings before they publish #oscartrial

9:39 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PistoriusTrial Modise is squirming now. He's rubbishing the Wits Justice Project which investigates prison injustice

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#PistoriusTrial Modise is squirming now. He's rubbishing the Wits Justice Project which investigates prison injustice

9:39 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Next prosecution witness is Moleko Zac Modise. Modise works for the department of correctional services, and is the acting national commissioner.

Nel asked Modise about his involvement in the Jali Commission, which looked at putting an end to corruption and inhumane conditions in the prison system.

Modise: I had to put measures in place to arrest the corruption, end inhumane incarceration and ensure prisoner complaints were attended to.

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Modise: I had to put measures in place to arrest the corruption, end inhumane incarceration and ensure prisoner complaints were attended to.

8:48 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel got Modise to refute Vergeer's testimony yesterday that the South African prison system would not have the facilities needed with which to deal with Pistorius' needs.

Nel: So there will be facilities in the country that will be able to deal with every kind of offender? Modise: "Correct." #Pistorius

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Nel: So there will be facilities in the country that will be able to deal with every kind of offender? Modise: "Correct." #Pistorius

8:55 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nel: Is it possible to keep a specific inmate at a hospital? Modise: Correct. Nel: Accommodate in single cells? Modise: Correct.

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Nel: Is it possible to keep a specific inmate at a hospital? Modise: Correct. Nel: Accommodate in single cells? Modise: Correct.

8:56 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Modise: If a specific inmate wants his own medical practitioner, is that possible? Modise: That's possible. #Pistorius

David Smith@SmithInAfricaFollow

Modise: If a specific inmate wants his own medical practitioner, is that possible? Modise: That's possible. #Pistorius

9:00 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Modise confirms that "we can cope" with disabled prisoner like #OscarPistorius

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Modise confirms that "we can cope" with disabled prisoner like #OscarPistorius

8:50 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PistoriusTrial Modise says he had photos taken at Pretoria Central prison only y'day showing both baths and rails (enabling OP to wash)

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#PistoriusTrial Modise says he had photos taken at Pretoria Central prison only y'day showing both baths and rails (enabling OP to wash)

9:25 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Court is back in session for the fourth day of Pistorius' sentencing hearing. Proceedings began with prosecutor Gerrie Nel wishing Judge Masipa a happy 67th birthday, to applause from the court.

He then briefly continued the questioning of Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin.

Martin said Pistorius needs to "pay" for what he's done, and the sentence must "send a message."

#OscarTrial Martin: Mr Pistorius must pay for what he has done to my family and to his family. Must send a message to society.

Mandy Wiener@MandyWienerFollow

#OscarTrial Martin: Mr Pistorius must pay for what he has done to my family and to his family. Must send a message to society.

8:37 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Martin doesn't feel "the suggested punishments (i.e. no prison) would fit the crime." #OscarPistorius

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Martin doesn't feel "the suggested punishments (i.e. no prison) would fit the crime." #OscarPistorius

8:37 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The defense's Barry Roux started his brief questioning of Martin. He contradicts Martin's testimony yesterday that Steenkamp spent Christmas alone.

#PistoriusTrial Roux asks about Christmas and insists the couple had Christmas dinner together (y'day the view was Reeva had been alone)

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Roux asks about Christmas and insists the couple had Christmas dinner together (y'day the view was Reeva had been alone)

8:38 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He also pointed out that he wrote a number of letters to the Steenkamps following the shooting, something that Martin was not aware of.

#OscarPistorius Roux: he wrote a number of letters to Reeva's parents after shooting, but was advised by their family lawyer not to send

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#OscarPistorius Roux: he wrote a number of letters to Reeva's parents after shooting, but was advised by their family lawyer not to send

8:39 AM - 16 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Martin's questioning has finished.

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Oscar Pistorius leaving court on day 3 of sentencing hearing. He broke down when Kim Martin spoke about Reeva's life.

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Oscar Pistorius leaving court on day 3 of sentencing hearing. He broke down when Kim Martin spoke about Reeva's life.

2:07 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Prosecutor Nel has asked for time to go through something with his witness, Reeva's cousin Kim Martin.

The defense's Barry Roux has said he only has two short questions for her, but Nel insists he needs the court to be adjourned until tomorrow. Judge Masipa agrees, but reminds the counsels that she is "only available this week".

Nel says he'll be finished with his evidence tomorrow afternoon. It looks as though a sentence, or at the very least and end to the arguments, will come this week.

Judge Masipa asks if they will be finished this week. Says not available next week and the week after and the week after and the week after!

Milton Nkosi@nkosi_miltonFollow

Judge Masipa asks if they will be finished this week. Says not available next week and the week after and the week after and the week after!

1:41 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sighs from Pistorius benches as the state presses to extend their wait for a result on sentencing. Judge reluctantly grants adjournment.

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Sighs from Pistorius benches as the state presses to extend their wait for a result on sentencing. Judge reluctantly grants adjournment.

1:40 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Court is adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Prior to the request for an adjournment, Martin was recounting her one meeting with Pistorius at a Cape Town restaurant, when Pistorius became "agitated" at the poor quality of service.

She said she didn't notice much affection between the couple, and had asked Steenkamp if she was happy, to which she replied: "Yes, but we need to talk."

She was never able to further question her cousin on the matter, something which has "bothered" her ever since.

Martin says this has bothered her "forever", not pressing her on what she meant. #PistoriusTrial

Aislinn Laing @SimmoaFollow

Martin says this has bothered her "forever", not pressing her on what she meant. #PistoriusTrial

1:38 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Martin's testimony is proving emotional not only the Steenkamp family, but the entire courtroom. Martin has broken down in tears.

She has talked about Reeva's love for her family, her love of animals, her past relationships and her the financial hardship her family had been through.

She said the money she got during her early modeling career was used to cover her parents' medical insurance.

#PistoriusTrial Reeva's father Barry seems to be crying. Must be hard listening to tales of his daughter's childhood

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Reeva's father Barry seems to be crying. Must be hard listening to tales of his daughter's childhood

12:39 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Martin: Reeva was kind and generous. She got that from her parents @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

Karyn Maughan@karynmaughanFollow

Martin: Reeva was kind and generous. She got that from her parents @eNCAnews #OscarTrial

1:05 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Martin about the day Steenkamp was shot. She said she was on her way to work with her husband when the news came across the car radio.

She said that, as it had not been confirmed the victim was Steenkamp, she tried repeatedly to ring her, but received no answer. Martin said she started to scream.

She went to he mother's house, and found her mother hysterical, which is when she realised Reeva was dead.

"It was for me the end of the world," Martin said.

She said the news "ruined the whole family". She said that Reeva's mother June was hysterical, and had to be medicated. Her father Barry was "crying, crying, crying."

#PistoriusTrial She's crying as she says;Its ruined our whole family. Its ruined Auntie June and Uncle Barry. They adored her'

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial She's crying as she says;Its ruined our whole family. Its ruined Auntie June and Uncle Barry. They adored her'

1:17 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PistoriusTrial Kim Martin: We were all like, why, why, why Reeva?' Describes the extended family falling apart, fighting, crying

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#PistoriusTrial Kim Martin: We were all like, why, why, why Reeva?' Describes the extended family falling apart, fighting, crying

1:16 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many in the court began crying at Martin's testimony.

#PistoriusTrial Alot of people in the court crying now. Hard listening to this pain

Alex Crawford@AlexCrawfordSkyFollow

#PistoriusTrial Alot of people in the court crying now. Hard listening to this pain

1:14 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Martin says that Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry wanted to take to the stand, but didn't feel he was able to. Martin said she felt Reeva needed her voice to be heard.

Martin's eldest daughter is doing her final Matric (A Level) drama exam today. "I knew I had to be here today. I had to do this for Reeva."

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Martin's eldest daughter is doing her final Matric (A Level) drama exam today. "I knew I had to be here today. I had to do this for Reeva."

1:23 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The court is back in session. Reeva's Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, is the first prosecution witness in the sentencing proceedings.

First Steenkamp family witness we've seen in this long legal process. #OscarPistorius

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First Steenkamp family witness we've seen in this long legal process. #OscarPistorius

12:33 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarTrial Martin: I am Reeva’s eldest cousin, I’m 12 years older than her. BB

Barry Bateman@barrybatemanFollow

#OscarTrial Martin: I am Reeva’s eldest cousin, I’m 12 years older than her. BB

12:34 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite