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The spectacle of the one-time sporting superstar tottering across the court room prompted a number of relatives to break down in tears

A South African sprint runner and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has removed his prosthetic limbs and walked in court on his stumps to prove he was too vulnerable to have killed his lover on purpose.

Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the packed courtroom on his stumps

A Paralympic champion was reportedly on his stumps when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a door at his home on Valentine’s Day in 2013 — being convinced she is an intruder.

Dramatic moment of Pistorious teetering on stumps in courtroom made his relatives break in tears.

Today, the court also heard testimony from Ms Steenkamp’s cousin Kim Martin, who said the victim had been fond of the former athlete “but I couldn’t see love”.


A desperate plea for leniency in a hearing that will determine Pistorius’ sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

South African athlete has shown no remorse for murdering Ms Steenkamp, while chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel argues for a minimum sentence of 15 years to be imposed on Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius, with his prosthetic legs visible in the dock, holds his head in his hands during the hearing

The double amputee faces 15 years behind bars if found guilty but it may be reduced due to time already spent in prison and extenuating circumstances.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had been dating for three months before her death


The hearing in Pretoria, South Africa was called after a court convicted him of murder, overturning a manslaughter verdict. Pistorius will be sentenced on 6 July.
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