Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder

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Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

Judge Thokozile Masipa has handed down a six-year prison sentence to Oscar Pistorius for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Masipa said the mitigating factors in the case outweighed the aggravating factors and that factors existed to deviate from the prescribed sentence for murder.

The judge summarized the evidence that was presented to her last month.

She said there had been a misconception about the circumstances in this case, particularly the fact that no evidence proved the couple had a fight, and that it was up to the court to correct this and put all the facts into perspective.

Masipa said she believed recovery was possible for Pistorius, but that it would depend on his attitude to the punishment imposed on him.

She added she was of the view that a long-term imprisonment would not serve justice in this matter.

Masipa also says that Pistorius has been remorseful and apologized in court to the Steenkamp family.

The former athlete served one year in jail after the High Court in Pretoria found him guilty of culpable homicide, but the appeal court overturned that finding last year and convicted him of murder.

Pistorius maintains that he shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 in the mistaken belief that she was an intruder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued that Pistorius should go to prison for no less than 15 years, while defense advocate Barry Roux suggested a non-custodial sentence.


2 Responses to Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder

  1. This judge is a total masipa,just as her name says. So Pistorious gets 6 years for murder, instead of 15,just as he got 5 years for manslaughter and was going to be out of jail after 1 year. Life is cheap indeed. The judge is a disgrace.

    Buck Teeth Lungu
    July 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  2. She is indeed a Masipa! She says Mitigation factors outweighed the agaggravating factors and that Pistorius was remorseful the fact that he apologized in court to the SteenKamp family. Further that,a long term sentence would not serve Justice. Masipa!! The problem is with the laws in SA. The Supreme Court must have imposed the punishment than referring it to the court that erred in the beginning. I hope the Prosecutor will appeal again. Come on Gerrie Nel.

    July 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm

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