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Increased security at Oscar sentencing

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There was increased security at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday morning ahead of the sentencing procedures in the case against Oscar Pistorius, convicted of culpable homicide.

Security guards wheeled out a bag scanner and a walk-through metal detector to the entrance of the court GD. This was the first time the devices were placed at the court room.

Local and international media had also gathered at the court.

The entrance of the court was lined with cameras as the media waited for the paralympic athlete to arrive.

Various media houses were set up on the other side of Madiba street.

The Tshwane Metro police partially cordoned off the road.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on September 12 for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him.

She was hit in the hip, arm, and head.

Masipa said that there was no basis for the court to make the inference that Pistorius wanted to kill Steenkamp.

She said evidence showed that Pistorius acted negligently when he fired into the toilet door knowing there was someone behind it.

With regard to firearms-related charges, Masipa found Pistorius guilty of firing a Glock pistol belonging to his friend Darren Fresco under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

However, she found him not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with Fresco and ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor in Modderfontein on September 30, 2012.

It was not known who the State and defence would call as witnesses on Monday. SAPA

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