Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court in Pretoria for the second day of his sentence hearing for killing Reeva Steenkamp, according to a Sky news report.
The disgraced paralympian arrived at the North Gauteng High Court 50 minutes being the hearing was due to start and without the usual phalanx of police or family minders.
Pistorius was cleared of murdering his former girlfriend but found guilty of culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter in the UK.
He was also found guilty of discharging a firearm in public, an offence relating to him firing a gun in a restaurant.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has appeared in court flanked by six armed guards, a move South African legal expert Llewelyn Curlewis says is is very unusual.
The prosecution are pushing for him to serve a prison sentence for killing his former girlfriend while his defence team, who are currently putting their witnesses on the stand, are saying he should serve no more than house arrest or community service.
Reporting from outside court, Sky’s Alex Crawford said: “Yesterday was very much the defence day and his team spent the whole day trying to paint a picture of a man who had spent a huge amount of his time doing charity work and that prison was not the place for him.
“His agent said he wanted to give something back to society if he was allowed to and the social worker for the Correctional Services Department suggested that community service would be a good punishment.”
Today, Pistorius’ agent will be cross-examined and there is a suggestion some of Reeva Steenkamp’s friends, including a possible former girlfriend, may also be called upon to testify, this time for the prosecution.