Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Photo: Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Prison for 6 years for murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp: Has Justice Prevailed?
Judge Thokozile Masipa had earlier today, Wednesday July 6, 2016 sentenced the Paralympian and double-amputee to a six-year prison term on Wednesday morning and departed from the prescribed 15-year jail term.
Masipa said there were compelling and substantial circumstances which allowed her to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence.
Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide and served a year of a five-year prison tern before being released on parole last year.
An appeal by the prosecution in the Supreme Court of Appeal saw that conviction and sentence set aside last year and replaced with the murder conviction.
According to the law‚ Pistorius must serve half of his term before he could be considered for placement on parole.