#OscarPistorius: Judge Masipa was ‘shockingly’ lenient

It today overturned a six-year sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria and replaced it with a sentence of thirteen years and five months.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 6 July 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) says the sentence handed down on Oscar Pistorius by judge Thokozile Masipa was shockingly lenient to the point of trivialising his crime.

It today overturned a six-year sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria and replaced it with a sentence of 13 years and five months.

The Blade Runner shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home on Valentine's Day 2013.

In the unanimous judgment written by Judge Willie Seriti, the court found there were no compelling reasons to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years for Pistorius.

Seriti says Pistorius showed no genuine remorse and did not take the court into his confidence.

He found Masipa overemphasised Pistorius’s personal conditions and whether he could be rehabilitated.

For this reason, his sentence must be increased.

“The respondent had already served 12 months imprisonment and corrective supervision for a period of seven months.”

Technically, Pistorius should be eligible for parole after serving half of his jail term.

STEENKAMP'S PARENTS REACH OUT

At the same time, Steenkamp's parents have sent their love to Jayde Panayiatou's parents after her husband, Chris, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

Moments before sentencing was handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court in Panayiotou’s case, the SCA in Bloemfontein handed down a judgment changing Pistorius's jail term.

Both Jayde and Steenkamp were from Port Elizabeth.

The Steenkamps' lawyer, Tania Koen, says the family has been in touch with the Ings family.

“They have sent all their love to the Ings family because they feel that although justice was serviced for Jayde, they know the Ings family will still miss Jayde every day.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)