Five years in jail for Oscar Pistorius

Pretoria, 21 October 2014 - Judge Thokozile Masipha has handed down a sentence of five years for Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp. Video: eNCA
Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius has spent the first night of his 5-year sentence behinds bars. The length of his sentence continues to spark debate. Video: eNCA
21 October - Although a prison sentence was hanging over Oscar Pistorius’s dead, his family was hopeful. Pistorius's team has indicated that he won't appeal the sentence. Video: eNCA
Pretoria, 21 October 2014 - Defence attorney Tyrone Maseko has told eNCA that the Pistorius family statement was ill-advised, and that it does not sit well with the atmosphere of the case. Video: eNCA
21 October - Here is some reaction to the Pistorius sentencing from Bloemfontein. Video: eNCA
Pretoria, 21 October 2014 - Oscar Pistorius's uncle Arnold Pistorius has delivered a statement on behalf of the family, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Video: eNCA

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and a three year suspended sentence for negligently firing a gun.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the much-awaited sentence in the North Gauteng High Court, watched by the Pistorius family and Reeva Steenkamp’s parents June and Barry, who all showed very little emotion.

Pistorius sat impassively as he heard that he will now be going to jail.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said that the sentence meant, under current law, that Pistorius would automatically be declared unfit to hold a firearm.

In her ruling, Judge Masipa said she had taken into account that Pistorius was 27, a double ampute, single with no dependants, owned no property and was currently unemployed.

She said although his disability was described a big challenge, she had not been comfortable with the defence team’s extreme emphasis on Pistorius’s vulnerability – little had emerged of the brilliant athlete who had competed at international level against able-bodied athletes.

She had been unimpressed by the defence witnesses who had asked for non-custodial sentences and felt that this would sent the wrong message to society.







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