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Non-custodial sentence 'shockingly inappropriate' for Pistorius says prosecution


Non-custodial sentence 'shockingly inappropriate' for Pistorius says prosecution

On the third day of the sentencing hearing in the Oscar Pistorius trial the prosecution has called on the court not to “consider” a report written by probation officer Annette Vergeer.

Vergeer was employed by the defence team to analyse sentencing options.

Vergeer suggested the paralympian should be placed under house arrest rather than be sent to prison because of his “vulnerability”.

The state claimed such a sentence would be “shockingly inappropriate”.

Prosecutor Nel said if the sentence was too lenient then wider society would lose trust in the legal system.

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but cleared of murder.

Pistorius faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail, but the judge can impose a suspended sentence, community service or a fine.

The hearing is due to conclude by the end of the week.

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