Why Oscar Pistorious jailed for six years

Oscar Pistorius, also known as the blade runner, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

Justice Thokozile Masipa stated in her her ruling that she did not believe the defense witness who claimed Pistorious was severely depressed and needed to be hospitalized rather than sent to prison.

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The judge said she understood that members of the public would not like her decision, but the punishment needed to fit the crime.

“Public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court,” she said.

Recall that Pistorius had been freed from prison after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter.

An appeal court upgraded the conviction to murder, which carries a sentence of 15 years; according to South African Jurisprudence.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar.

Wednesday’s sentencing may also not be the end of the saga, as Pistorius or the state could launch a final round of appeals against the length of the prison term.

In an attempt to convince Justice Thokozile of Pistorius’ predicament, Pistorius, sobbing heavily, hobbled on his stumps across the courtroom to demonstrate his physical vulnerability.

But prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that the double-amputee sprinter should be given a lengthy jail term as he failed to show any remorse for the murder.

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Nel also disparaged Pistorius for granting a recent television interview, in spite of claiming to be too unwell to give evidence in court.

In the interview – his first since the killing – Pistorius said that he believed Steenkamp would want him to devote his life to charity rather than return to prison.

A Supreme Court ruling in 2014 declared that Pistorius was guilty of murder, irrespective of who was behind the door.