Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Oscar Pistorius' Prosecutor Shocked Over House Arrest Suggestion.

The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius case said yesterday he was shocked that a corrections social worker recommended that the convicted killer be spared prison instead be sentenced to three years of house arrest and required to do community service.

Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. The trial has now entered its sentencing phase.

Joel Maringa, a social worker working for South Africa's prison authorities, testified today that he believed the paralympian sprinter known as Blade Runner would benefit from "correctional supervision," essentially recommending house arrest instead of prison time. Maringa urged the court to sentence Pistorius, 27, to three years of house arrest.

In addition, he said Pistorius should be required to perform 16 hours of community service a month cleaning a museum, not be permitted to consume alcohol or drugs, own a gun, and take courses in dealing with anger management.

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