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Pistorius visited by prison priest and psychologist

Kgosi Mampuru Prison says it has received a “tired and tense” Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Kgosi Mampuru Prison Area Commissioner, Zebulon Monama, says both the prison's chaplain and psychologist have visited a "tired and tense" Oscar Pistorius, as the convicted killer prepares to spend his first night behind bars.

The Paralympian and Olympian athlete was today sentenced to five years in prison for the Valentine's Day shooting and killing of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp.

In handing down her decision in the High Court in Pretoria today, Judge Thokazile Masipa emphasised the delicate balance between mercy and retribution.

"Sentences for serious crimes are too lenient and the administration of justice may fall into disrepute and affected people may be inclined to take the law into their own hands."

Masipa sentenced the athlete to five years for culpable homicide for shooting and killing Steenkamp, and three years, wholly suspended, for the Tasha's shooting incident.

Pistorius has received his prison overalls and has been allocated a cell in the hospital section of the prison.

Video: Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison.

INMATES WITH DISABILITIES

The double amputee has now joined eight other inmates with disabilities at the hospital section of the institution.

The Department of Correctional Services says the facility already hosts one person with prosthetic legs, two blind people and five people in wheelchairs.

The department added that 130 inmates with disabilities are housed every year.

In mitigating arguments, Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux, questioned the adequacy of the section where his client will be held.

Earlier today the athlete's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, launched a scathing attack against the state saying it tried to push an argument of premeditated murder where there was no case.

"They decided to inflict as much collateral damage as they could by keeping a cloud of premeditated murder over this case for as long as possible. One of the most distressed parts for me is how the truth became totally irrelevant for the state's attempt to make premeditated murder stick."

He says the blade runner will now repay his debt to society.

"We accept the sentence and Oscar will now embrace the opportunity to pay back to society."

STEENKAMP'S HOME TOWN DISAPPOINTED WITH RULING

Residents of Steenkamp's home town in Port Elizabeth have labelled Masipa's ruling a travesty of justice.

Friends close to the Steenkamp family spent the morning at the family restaurant, The Barking Spider, in support of the model's family.

Family friend, Shannon Devoy, says today's outcome is another example of what he calls a failed justice system.

"It reminds me of the Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye case where his sentence was overturned and it also reminds me of Schabir Shaik playing golf when he should be sitting in jail."

Devoy says while the trial may be over for the Steenkamps, the community at large will struggle to find closure.

"I feel for the family and justice has not been done."

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it will meet with the prosecution team to discuss the way forward.

While the NPA maintains it's unhappy with culpable homicide conviction, it's satisfied he has been handed down a custodial sentence.

The prosecuting body has once again expressed its unhappiness about the conviction, with state prosecutor Gerrie Nel last week even arguing that the crime was so serious it bordered on dolus eventualis.

The state and the defence have 14 days to appeal.

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