Nel asks the court to take the following into account: If Pistorius acted like a reasonable person, he would've asked Steenkamp if she'd heard a noise. Pistorius didn't.
Nel reads from case law that says the seriousness of the crime should dictate punishment in culpable homicide cases.
Nel says that correctional supervision only pays 'lip service' to the seriousness of the offense.
Nel reads from the record where Pistorius said he didn't fire a warning shot into the shower because it could have ricocheted and hit him. Nel followed up and Pistorius said the same thing could've happened in the toilet cubicle - thus showing negligence.
Nel going for the top end of possible sentencing - as close to 15 years as the court will allow.
Nel says that the negligence border lined on premeditated murder and says the sentence should reflect that.
Nel says that Pistorius was grossly negligent.
Court is back in session.
From inside the courtroom:
From inside the courtroom:
It had seemed that Nel was done, but he clearly wants to control the pace.
Court is back in 15 minutes.
Nel asks if we're taking the tea break since it's after 11.
Nel says the Steenkamp family made up in love what they lacked in financial means.
Nel brings it back to what happened to Steenkamp: Two more bullets ripped through her body.
Nel says Steenkamp did nothing to contribute to her death. She didn't open the door or make a movement that could've been perceived as an attack.
Nel says there could be nothing worse to hear that your child died a violent death - what could be worse than that he asks.
Nel says he's trying his 'utmost' not to become emotional.
Nel reads from case law that says society might lose their trust in the system if a lenient sentence is given.
Nel says correctional supervision doesn't apply to this case.
Nel indicates it not fair that Pistorius live in a luxurious house, get to run track, go to the doctor etc and then do two days a month of community service. He says it's shockingly disproportionate to the crime.
Nel says the sentence of correctional supervision isn't appropriate.
He scoffs at the fact that Pistorius could've made millions were it not for the shooting.
Nel says the crime and other factor far outweigh Pistorius' personal factors.
He says mercy must be deserved.
Nel says he understands mercy.
Nel says the court should take what happened into the Steenkamp family into account.
Nel says the Steenkamps are neutral on sentencing because they've endured so much already. He says the court should instead listen to Kim Martin's testimony.
Nel says that the interest of the victims should be taken into account.
Nel moves on to case law.
Nel says that June Steenkamp referred to that money as 'blood money'
Nel says Pistorius' debt to society cannot be paid with the cheap offer of a car payment.
Nel says that the offer of R350,000 was made between judgment and sentencing. That doesn't sit well with him.
Nel: When I heard that the family was so financially deprived that they had to take money from the accused, it saddened me.
Nel brings up the payments.
Nel: Her softly spoken voice should trump any other noise referred to in this trial - cricket bat, gun shots.
Nel reminds the court that Martin asked for prison time for Pistorius.
Nel says Martin was genuine in her pain.
Nel now refers to Kim Martin's testimony. He says she goes beyond representing the family, she also represents society.
Nel says the court must also take into account what Steenkamp looked like, he's not apologizing for showing her bloody head.
Nel says Pistorius used 'devastatingly damaging' Black Talon ammunition
He's going back to the facts - Steenkamp was killed in a small toilet cubicle, four shots were fired at her, three struck her
Nel says the court must take the crime scene into account
Nel wants the court to consider about what happened to Reeva Steenkamp. He says Pistorius has had his time, it's now time for "her."
Nel says society is involved in this case and that their interests are at stake. He says the court must take that into account.