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 court GD that there should be a “dignified silence” from now on.
The State has not confirmed yet if it would be appealing the sentence.
Barry and June Steenkamp’s lawyer told his clients and the ANCWL to remain dignified in their silence following the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
A member of Oscar Pistorius’s legal team said outside the High Court in Pretoria that they will not appeal his six-year jail sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
“We respect the decision of Judge Masipa and are not lodging an application for leave to appeal. Oscar will serve his sentence as handed down,” Andrew Fawcett told reporters.
Advocate Dali Mpofu weighed in on that decision on Twitter, saying it was “wise”, as an appeal could backfire on Pistorius.