Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years for Reeva Steenkamp's murder

The Paralympian shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Judge Thokozile Masipa has handed down a six-year prison sentence to Oscar Pistorius for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Masipa said the mitigating factors in the case outweighed the aggravating factors and that factors existed to deviate from the prescribed sentence for murder.

The judge summarised the evidence that was presented to her last month.

She said there had been a misconception about the circumstances in this case, particularly the fact that no evidence proved the couple had a fight, and that it was up to the court to correct this and put all the facts into perspective.

Masipa said she believed recovery was possible for Pistorius, but that it would depend on his attitude to the punishment imposed on him.

She added she was of the view that a long-term imprisonment would not serve justice in this matter.

Masipa also says that Pistorius has been remorseful and apologised in court to the Steenkamp family.

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The former athlete served one year in jail after the High Court in Pretoria found him guilty of culpable homicide, but the appeal court overturned that finding last year and convicted him of murder.

Pistorius maintains that he shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 in the mistaken belief that she was an intruder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued that Pistorius should go to prison for no less than 15 years, while defence advocate Barry Roux suggested a non-custodial sentence.