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Pistorius' lawyer urges leniency; prosecutor calls for 10-year term
Pistorius' lawyer urges leniency; prosecutor calls for 10-year term

The lawyer for South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius argued that he was “a victim” in his killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and had lost everything, including all his property and sponsorships. He called for him to be spared jail because of his disability. As Pistorius quietly wept in court, his advocate, Barry Roux, argued that Pistorius had already been harshly punished because of negative media reporting, leaving him permanently damaged. But prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Judge Thokozile Masipa must take into account the sanctity of human life, calling for a jail term of 10 years. He said it was “disingenuous” for Pistorius, who achieved so much in life...

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