Oscar Pistorius still awaiting sentence as hearing continues

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Oscar Pistorius is set to discover his fate later this week as his sentencing resumes.

The athlete cold potentially face up to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of culpable homicide last month after for shooting four times through a locked bathroom door and killing model and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013.

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Monthly payments

Judge Thokozile Masipa has also charged Pistorius for firing a firearm in the middle of a crowded restaurant in Johannesburg back in January of 2013.

Evidence this morning has come out that Pistorius has supposedly been making monthly payments of 6,000 South African Rand (£341) to Steenkamp's parents. The couple have promised to return 'every cent' of the money they have received over the last 18 months from the man who killed their daughter.

This evidence came as a shock to the court, and a supposed 'one off lump sum' payment of 375,000 Rand (£21,299) has been rejected by the Steenkamp's as 'blood money'. Asked why they had accepted the monthly payments, June Steenkamp's lawyer Dup De Bruyn replied: “They needed it.”

“When Reeva passed away, they [the Steenkamp family] were in financial straits,” he said. “I conveyed this to Mr Pistorius’s lawyer. He came back with an offer of 6,000 a month for 18 months. When he started paying, we only thought it fair to make that public, but the request was from Oscar through his lawyers to keep it confidential. We honoured that request.”

House arrest recommended

The court have since been faced with four witnesses defending the South African Olympian. Joel Maringa and Annette Vergeer, the Department of Correctional Services social workers, recommended that Pistorius undergo three years of house arrest and community service rather than a prison sentence.

Vergeer cited overcrowding, drugs, violence and rape as risks in jail and said that short-staffed prisons do not have the facilities for physically disabled people and that prison would "break him as a person", before admitting, when pressured by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, that this is not necessarily applicable to all South African prisons.

Maringa suggested 16 hours a month of domestic cleaning saying, "We are basically not saying that he should be destroyed because he will still be coming back into the community," he told the court. Nel described the suggested sentence as "shockingly inappropriate".

Nel is expected to bring up to four new witnesses before Judge Masipa before she decides Pistorius' fate this week.

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