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Judge Masipa: ‘Broken’ Pistorius’s attitude will determine his recovery

Judge Thokozile Masipa spent a considerable amount of time describing Pistorius’ state of mind.

Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 15 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Judge Thokozile Masipa says Oscar Pistorius's attitude towards his punishment will determine whether he recovers from the crime he committed and finds peace.

Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Sentencing arguments were heard last month, for a second time, after the athlete's culpable homicide conviction was overturned to that of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

WATCH: Pistorius handed six years for Steenkamp's murder

Masipa says the mitigating factors outweigh aggravating ones, which justify deviating from the minimum sentence of 15 years.

The judge spent a considerable amount of time describing Pistorius's state of mind and sense of vulnerability.

Masipa says the former athlete is a fallen hero who lost his career and has suffered financially but more than that he cannot find peace for taking a life in the way he did.

"It came as no surprise when Mr Nel, his pastor and Professor Scholtz described him as a broken man. Recovery is possible, but it will depend mostly on the accused's attitude to the punishment imposed on him."

She says the seriousness of the crime has not been taken for granted, but bearing in mind that he's already served a year in prison, the fact that he's a first time offender and unlikely to offend again she doesn't believe a long term imprisonment will serve justice in this matter.