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Pistorius 6-year murder sentence slammed on social media

People have expressed surprise and shock at the seemingly lenient sentence handed down.

Oscar Pistorius makes his way into the Pretoria High Court for sentencing. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have used social media to express their disappointment, revulsion and anger after Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down a six-year sentence to Oscar Pistorius for the 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.

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.

However, Oscar's brother Carl was one of the few to welcome the sentence.