Judge Masipa sentences Oscar Pistorius to 6 years in prison

Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has been sentenced to 6 years behind bars for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the sentence on Wednesday at the High Court in Pretoria.

Pistorius' initial culpable homicide conviction was converted to a murder conviction by a unanimous panel of 5 judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. A conviction for murder carries a minimum 15-year sentence and a maximum 20-year sentence.

Masipa emphasised the suffering of her parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, who had a close relationship with her and are faced with the challenge of continuing life without her since the 14 February 2013 shooting at Pistorius' Silverlakes residence.

She also acknowledged Pistorius' attempts to make amends with the Steenkamp family and wanting to apologise for killing their daughter, saying that Pistorius was remorseful for his action.

Listen to the sentencing and judgment below:

Now Christmas, birthdays and Valentine's Day are a painful reminder that the deceased is no longer with them.

Judge Thokozile Masipa

In the lengthy sentencing procedures, Masipa highlighted that the mitigating circumstances outweighed the aggravating factors.

I am of the view that mitigating circumstances outweigh the aggravating factors.

Judge Thokozile Masipa
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