Pretoria SOUTH AFRICA – Onetime South African sports hero Oscar Pistorius, has now seen the conculsion of his very well publicized fall from grace. The paralympic sprinter charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, will finally know his fate when he is sentenced on Tuesday, October 21. The trial eerily mirrors that of American sports celebrity O.J. Simpson. Judge Thokozile Masipa’s not guilty verdict on Septemebr 11, sparked public outcry in the African nation and arguably worldwide. Pistorius was later found guilty on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
According to ENCA, one of South Africa’s premiere news sources, the defense argued Pistorius should not be sent to prison based on his disability. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel rebutted that argument saying, “it’s disturbing that a person who fought to compete with able-bodied people now uses disability in mitigation.”
With the completion of sentencing arguments this week, many are hoping justice is served for Reeva in the form of a lenghthy prison sentence. While house arrest has been recommended by the athlete’s defense, the state’s suggestion is at least ten years in prison. According to Nel the latter punishment seems more suitable for the crime because taking a human life should not be “rewarded” by retreating to a luxury home. We agree Pistorius should humanely pay for what he has done.
Will justice be served? Stay tuned as we report on sentencing next Tuesday.