Reeva Steenkamp's sister: 'Oscar Pistorius deserves to go to prison'

Steenkamp's sister: 'Pistorius deserves prison'
Reeva Steenkamp's sister Simone Cowburn believes that Oscar Pistorius "deserves" a prison sentence for killing the South African model.

Reeva Steenkamp's sister Simone Cowburn has expressed her belief that Oscar Pistorius should be sent to prison for killing her sibling.

The six-time Paralympic champion will be sentenced on Tuesday at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa after he was convicted of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Steenkamp.

The 27-year-old double amputee shot dead the South African model by firing four gunshots through a toilet door at his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Last week, Pistorius's defence team called for Judge Thokozile Masipa to sentence the athlete to three years house arrest and community service, while the prosecution believe that at least 10 years behind bars would suffice.

In an interview with the Mail Online, Ms Cowburn said: "Oscar deserves prison. How can he just stay in the luxury of his house after taking somebody's life. What is house arrest if not just wrong?

"Community service and house arrest are ridiculous. These should be for people who are stealing or other minor offences. Not shooting somebody. Reeva deserves justice."

Pistorius claimed that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired the gun.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013
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