South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to discover whether he faces a prison term for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has heard the prosecution call for a minimum 10-year sentence, against a defence argument for community service and house arrest
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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 the press that the facts had been “twisted and manipulated”.

Pistorius, 27, an 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.

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