South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will discover today whether he faces a jail term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
According to the BBC, Judge Thokozile Masipa, has heard the prosecution call for a minimum 10-year sentence, against a defence argument for community service and house arrest.
Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.
On the eve of sentencing, Pistorius’s siblings criticised the “twisted” and “sensationalised” media coverage.
His sister Aimee and brother Carl told a South African broadcaster the facts had been “twisted and manipulated”.
The 27-year-old amputee sprinter who became the first athlete to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, killed Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
He says he shot her by mistake, fearing there was an intruder in his house in the capital, Pretoria.
Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, reality TV star and law graduate, was hit three times by bullets fired by Pistorius through a toilet door.
Last month, Judge Masipa cleared Pistorius of murder, but convicted him of culpable homicide, saying he had been negligent.
The seven-month trial, which was the first to be broadcast live in South African legal history, has captured public attention in South Africa and beyond.
There is no legal limit on the length of a jail term, but experts say the typical maximum sentence for culpable homicide is around 15 years.
However, even after the sentence is announced in Pretoria, the case may not be over.
Both the prosecution and the defence have the right to appeal against the verdict.