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Oscar Pistorius: The final act?
01:43 - Source: CNN

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Pistorius unable to testify because of anxiety, depression, psychologist says

Murder in South Africa carries a minimum sentence of 15 years

Pretoria CNN  — 

Former Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius faced a South African court on Monday to begin a week-long sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The hearing may be the final chapter of his widely watched trial over the fatal 2013 Valentine’s Day shooting. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison.

Lawyers for the double-amputee sprinter, nicknamed “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, argued that Pistorius was too mentally unwell to serve more jail time.