PRETORIA – Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius has been handed a sentence of five years in jail by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the High Court in Pretoria.
He was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide and three years, wholly suspended for the Tasha’s shooting.
The two sentences will run concurrently.
The athlete had a brief word with his uncle Arnold before being led straight to the cells.
There’s been no mention of any appeal yet.
Judge Masipa thanked both legal teams and the gallery before adjourning proceedings for the last time.
On 12 September 2014, Masipa ruled that Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed on Valentine’s Day 2013.
State prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued that the Paralympian athlete had to pay for killing Steenkamp, saying the court owed it to society and for Pistorius to be an example to future offenders.
“The minimum term that society will be happy with will be a 10-year imprisonment term.”
However, defence advocate Barry Roux had argued that Pistorius could be rehabilitated and help society, if given the chance to do community service.
He suggested that the athlete be sentenced to house arrest and community service.