Oscar Pistorius was led into the cells beneath the high court in Pretoria today after he was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced him to a three-year suspended sentence for firing his pistol in a crowded Johannesburg restaurant. She said that would run concurrently.
There was no audible reaction from the athlete, his family or Miss Steenkamp’s parents, June and Barry, who were both in court to hear the sentence.
However Reeva’s mother said “It’s right” once the court was adjourned. Her father Barry leant over the bench to watch as Mr Pistorius walked down the stairwell in the middle of the court.
As she left court, Mrs Steenkamp, 68, said she thought the sentence was fair, but she said that she would never have closure “unless you can magic Reeva back”.
Pistorius had time to shake hands with his uncle Arnold and his aunt Lois.
“That’s the correct sentence I think,” said Dup de Bruyn, the Steenkamps’ lawyer. “They always said they wanted justice satisfied. That’s justice. It’s a very well considered sentence.” (Read more…)