Evidence given at Pistorius hearing

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Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A psychologist is testifying at a sentencing hearing for Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted last month of culpable homicide for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Dr Lore Hartzenberg, who has met Pistorius, was called by the defence.

The runner’s legal team hopes to persuade Judge Thokozile Masipa to be lenient when she sentences him after several days of legal argument and testimony.

Sentences for culpable homicide – negligent killing – can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to as many as 15 years in prison.

Pistorius, once a celebrated athlete who ran in the 2012 Olympics, was also charged with premeditated murder but Judge Masipa found him guilty of the lesser charge.

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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