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Oscar Pistorius should serve 'three years of house arrest'

OSCAR Pistorius should serve three years of partial house arrest and carry out community service rather than be jailed for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the athlete's sentencing hearing has been told.

Correctional services social worker Joel Maringa argued against a prison term as he appeared for the defence during the first day of the sentencing hearing.

The South African athlete was acquitted of pre-meditated murder and second-degree murder last month, but convicted of culpable homicide for the shooting of his girlfriend Ms Steenkamp.

During the hearing today, Mr Maringa said Pistorius was a "co-operative" person. He said he should be sentenced to three years of "correctional supervision", which would mean the athlete would have to spend a portion of the day at home.

He also said he should carry out community service, such as cleaning work at a museum in Pretoria.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is pushing for a lengthy prison sentence, described the social worker's recommendations as "shockingly inappropriate" and described it as "no sentence."

Maringa, a social worker in South Africa's correctional services, listed Pistorius' involvement in international sporting bodies as well as charity projects and predicted that the athlete's behavior could be "successfully modified within the community context."

Earlier in the hearing, psychologist Dr Lore Hartzenberg, told the court Pistorius was "a broken man, who has lost everything."

She said Pistorius had lost "his love relationship with Miss Steenkamp" as well as his "moral and professional reputation", friends and "his career".

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