Pistorius won't appeal his sentence

Judge Masipa has sentenced Pistorius to 6 years in prison for murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after the conclusion of sentencing arguments in his murder trial. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has arrived at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison to start serving his jail term, which his legal team has confirmed they will not be appealing.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Masipa handed down sentence at the High Court in Pretoria this morning saying the mitigating factors outweigh aggravating ones, which justify deviating from the minimum sentence of 15 years.

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

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He claimed he thought she was an intruder when he fired four shots into a bathroom door.

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Outside court, instructing attorney Andrew Fawcett told the media that Pistorius would not be appealing his sentence.

"Just from the defence team, we respect the decision by Judge Masipa and we will not be not be lodging any applications for leave to appeal going forward. Oscar will serve the sentence as handed down by Masipa."

Meanwhile, Masipa says she believes recovery is possible for Pistorius, but will depend on his attitude to the punishment imposed on him.

Masipa says she is of the view that a long-term imprisonment will not serve justice in this matter.

The judge noted Pistorius's public apology in court to the Steenkamp family as well as his repeated attempts to meet with them.

She says it's one of the most difficult things for an accused to meet his victim's family to apologise.

Masipa found that it's highly improbable that Pistorius would repeatedly request to meet the Steenkamp family if he was not remorseful.

The former athlete's relatives were gripped by emotion after the sentence was handed down.

His sister Aimee was led out the courtroom in tears while his brother Carl was seen sobbing.


At the same time, the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) says it's shocked and disappointed with today's sentence.

The league's Jackie Mofokeng says the outcome is shameful.

"It's actually an insult to women [and] an insult to the Steenkamp family. It's worrying that when listening to the judge, when she talks about public opinion, [one asks oneself] 'if it were in other countries where they have a jury, what was she going say?'"