Oscar Pistorius's defence call for 'correctional supervision' sentence

Pistorius defence call for 'correctional supervision'
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Oscar Pistorius's defence team call for the Paralympic champion to be given three years correctional supervision for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius's defence team have called for the Paralympic champion to be ordered three years correctional supervision following his culpable homicide conviction.

The 27-year-old was convicted last month of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead through a toilet door at his home in Pretoria, South Africa in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but his defence team put forward to the High Court today that house arrest would be appropriate for three years.

As part of the sentence, Pistorius would carry out 16 hours of community service, such as cleaning, per month and would also undergo rehabilitation programmes on negative emotions and firearms.

Correctional supervision would also comprise of Pistorius being able to do athletic training during those three years.

The athlete, who was cleared of murder, claimed that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired the shots.

Oscar Pistorius appearing at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013
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