Posted on6 July, 2016 | 23:07

Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sent back to prison on Wednesday after being given a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home three years ago.

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sent back to prison on Wednesday after being given a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home three years ago.
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius crying in Pretoria High Court on the third day of his pre sentencing hearing last month. AFP photo

High Court judge Thokozile Masipa listed several mitigating factors for sentencing him to less than half the minimum 15-year term for murder, including the athlete’s claim he believed he was shooting an intruder.
"He cannot be at peace. I’m of the view that a long term of imprisonment will not serve justice," Masipa said.
"He’s a first offender. Considering the facts of this matter he’s not likely to re-offend.
"The sentence that I impose on the accused... is six years’ imprisonment."
Pistorius’ lawyer Andrew Fawcett said he would not appeal the term.

Parole conditions vary in South Africa, but the double-amputee Olympic sprinter may be able to apply for parole after serving just three years behind bars.

Pistorius, 29, hugged his family before being taken out of the court and driven to the nearby Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

He was released from same jail last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter.

But an appeals court upgraded his conviction to murder in December.
Steenkamp’s parents looked on quietly as the judge passed sentence.
"We let the law run its course, nothing will bring Reeva back," the family’s lawyer Petrus de Bruyn told AFP afterwards.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
His long legal battle may not yet be at an end, with the state yet to confirm whether it will appeal a sentence seen by many experts and activists as lenient.

"We are very disappointed… from five years that we fought against, and now it is six, what is that?" Jacqui Mofokeng, spokeswoman of the ruling ANC party’s women league, told AFP after the sentencing.

Chief Editor@Muhabura.rw


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