Unpacking Judge Masipa's 'lenient' judgment on Pistorius

Judge Thokozile Masipa's 6 year sentence for Oscar Pistorius' murder conviction for killing Reeva Steenkamp has been met with criticism by South Africans.

In the sentence, which many have called lenient, Masipa said Pistorius still has an opportunity to be rehabilitated and has shown remorse for the February 14 shooting in 2013 at his Silverlakes home in Pretoria.

A conviction for murder carries a minimum 15-year sentence and a maximum 20-year sentence. However, Masipa stated that the mitigating circumstances outweighed the aggravating factors.

Listen to Judge Masipa's entire sentencing below:

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to criminal law expert, Tyrone Maseko, as he unpacked the recent judgment.

Listen here:

If you listen to the judgment carefully, you can see the judge traversed a very tight line of balancing factors.

Tyrone Maseko, criminal law expert

It might be back to the SCA [Supreme Court of Appeal] again to consider whether this sentence is appropriate for murder.

Tyrone Maseko, criminal law expert

This article first appeared on 702 : Unpacking Judge Masipa's 'lenient' judgment on Pistorius


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