Pistorius Sentenced To Five Years For Reeva Steenkamp Death

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge.

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over. The defence said it expected Pistorius to serve about 10 months in prison.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.

Prosecutors had called for a minimum 10-year term, and the defence had argued for community service and house arrest.

‘Feeling of unease’

Pistorius showed little reaction to the sentence other than to wipe his eyes before being led away.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux said his client was expected to serve 10 months in prison, with the rest under house arrest.

 

Dup De Bruyn, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family, told Reuters that “justice was served”, although he believed Pistorius would probably serve two years.

 

BBC