Pistorius agent gives evidence

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Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A South African judge is hearing evidence on the second day of Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing hearing before deciding what punishment the athlete will receive for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius’s agent, Peet van Zyl, was giving evidence after being called as a witness by the defence.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide on Pistorius’s sentence after he was found guilty at the High Court in Pretoria last month of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, over the shooting death of Ms Steenkamp.

Culpable homicide has no minimum sentence in South Africa, and Pistorius could receive a fine and a suspended jail sentence or as many as 15 years in prison for shooting Ms Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home last year.

Prosecutors will also call witnesses during the hearing, which is expected to last around a week.

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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