PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA-In a move that appeared calculated to elicit sympathy and a lighter sentence, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius removed his prosthetic legs and hobbled across a courtroom on his stumps on Wednesday.
Lawyers for the former track star, nicknamed "blade runner" for his speed and double-prostheses, are trying to demonstrate that Pistorius is severely disabled and deserves a more lenient murder sentence than the 15-year minimum term for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013.
South Africa's minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for murder can be reduced in some circumstances.
The North Gauteng High Court should not be unduly sympathetic when sentencing Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, the state argued on Wednesday.
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court yesterday that his last witness would today offer "emotional evidence" on the impact of the murder.
"It is three o'clock in the morning, it is dark, he is on his stumps", Mr. Roux said, stressing his client's vulnerability.
Nel stressed during his application to lift the ban that the photos are public documents.
The tragic case has captivated the world and has divided many over whether or not Pistorius intentionally meant to kill Reeva and how he should be punished.
Pistorius's defence counsel Barry Roux had argued releasing the photos would be inappropriate. The hearing ends on Friday, while the verdict will be announced on July the 6th.
Reliving how his daughter, 29, died, Steenkamp said: "What she must have gone through in those split seconds - she must have been in so much fear and pain".
In 2015, the SCA convicted Pistorius of murder following an appeal by the NPA.
Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, also testified before the court, saying she is not convinced that the true version of events has been revealed and that Steenkamp didn't love the double-amputee sportsman.