Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years for the murder of Reeva Steenkam

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    Oscar Pistorius. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARCO LONGARI
    Oscar Pistorius

    South African Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

    In her sentencing, Masipa said that, while the crime committed was serious, a long term of imprisonment will not serve justice in this case.

    Masipa said there were many mitigating factors, including Professor Jonathan Scholtz’s testimony that there were “two Oscars”, and balanced that with the seriousness of the crime to arrive at her 6-year sentence.

    Pistorius was transported directly to Kgosi Mampuru II prison after the sentencing in Pretoria. His lawyers said they would not be appealing.

    The Steenkamp’s lawyers meanwhile told the ANCWL in the court GD that there should be a “dignified silence” from their camp from now. The State has not confirmed yet if they would be appealing the sentence.