Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who argued with Mr Maringa over the details of Judge
Thokozile Masipa’s judgment and the facts of the case, called the
recommended sentence “shockingly inappropriate”.
“You have not applied your mind to the seriousness of the crime at all,” Mr
Pistorius’ lawyers have said they will call four witnesses to argue for
mitigation of sentence, while the prosecution is expected to call two
Pistorius’ manager Peet van Zyl, who began his testimony ahead of a lunch
break, detailed the athlete’s work with charities such as Unicef and spoke
at length about Pistorius’ good deeds.
Earlier, Pistorius’ personal psychologist Dr Lore Hartzenberg testified that
the athlete was left traumatized by the death of Ms Steenkamp, and felt
anguish over being portrayed negatively in the media. During their sessions
he regularly broke down weeping and retching, she told the court.
Dr Hartzenberg said: “We are left with a broken man who has lost everything.”
Judge Masipa is expected to hand down a sentence this week. There is no
minimum sentence for culpable homicide – also known as manslaughter – and
Pistorius could face no time behind bars. Judge Masipa could also decide to
sentence him to up to 15 years in jail.