A court on Wednesday allowed for the release of graphic pictures of Reeva Steenkamp’s badly wounded body after she was murdered by Oscar Pistorius.
Reeva’s family urged the court to release the images of their daughter during a sentencing hearing in Pretoria today. The model’s family bravely chose the images that showed the horrific impact of her injuries anxious to let people know what happened to their daughter the night she died, a source told the Mail Online.
We have chosen to show you some of the images, as per her family’s wishes, although others are too graphic to include. The gold medal winner will be sentenced on July 6 once the judge has had an opportunity to weigh up the evidence. He faces a minimum prison sentence of 15 years. Earlier today, Pistorius was seen walking on his stumps as part of the hearing to demonstrate his physical vulnerability to a judge who will decide his prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend.
The doubleamputee removed his prosthetic limbs at the request of his lawyer Barry Roux who is pleading for leniency, but state prosecutor Gerrie Nel sought a minimum 15year jail term for Pistorius for killing Reeva Steenkamp.Wearing shorts, the Paralympic athlete held onto wooden benches for support as he limped through the courtroom, and appeared in distress as a cushion was provided for him to rest on.
Pistorius, 29, shot his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet. ‘It is three o’clock in the morning, it is dark, he is on his stumps,’ said Roux, whose client had both legs amputated below the knee as a child. ‘His balance is seriously compromised and… he would not be able to defend himself.
He was anxious, he was frightened. ‘He believed the person in the toilet was an intruder and (the) deceased was at the time in the bed,’ Roux said. In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal found Pistorius guilty of murder – irrespective of whoever was behind the door when he opened fire with a pistol he kept under his bed. Roux urged judge Thokozile Masipa to ‘entertain the correct facts and not to be drowned by the many perceptions’ that Pistorius had killed Steenkamp deliberately. ‘The accused has lost everything. He can never ever resume his career,’ Roux said. ‘He has paid physically… he has paid financially, he has paid socially. He is paying constantly.’