Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years

PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge.

The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence; the defence for community service and house arrest.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.

Judge Masipa said: "Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise."

Comments (8)

I think Thokozile was paid to reduce the sentence to 5 yrs. This guy was suppose to rot in jail

eddie - 21 October 2014

I am told he will be eligible for parole in 8 months meaning that by February 2015 he will apply and granted before May 2015 so that he compete in August competitions. Isu tisina mari tofira mumajeri kkkkkkk

Harrison Maorapisa - 21 October 2014

He thot he was under attack and went on self defense mode and the system said he is lying but failed to prove they are true he is lying. Now the judge has done the job u are up in arms with the judge, eissh people what do u want in life? confused lot. leave him alone.

UNCLE REAL - 21 October 2014

True judgement will come, God knows exactly what transpired, there will be gnashing of teeth in the lake of fire, lying is part of criminal behaviour, so the lawyer had to lie to save a criminal, and what has society learnt from this, the law is there to protect the innocent, not the guilty .

tichaona - 21 October 2014

that sentence was too harsh....community service was best...its only that a lot of people dont know the impact of community service on an accused

parapinda - 21 October 2014

wow.........only God,Reeva and Oscar know what transpired

girlycee - 22 October 2014

The accused/defendants are getting a lot of unfair leniency from the courts these days. I'm afraid one of these we will see a victim being convicted and sentenced for being victim of crime.

mosquito - 22 October 2014

the best decision given no one would have judged that better

dt mahani jnr - 23 October 2014

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