South Africa: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison



    South Africa: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing on June 15, 2016 [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

    July 6, Cape Town: The court in South Africa has sentenced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

    Pistorius, 29, had been freed from prison in the South African capital of Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide - the equivalent of manslaughter, reports said.

    But an appeals court upgraded the conviction to murder, which has a mandatory sentence of 15 years.

    Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

    "It is very difficult to predict what sentence it is that will be imposed ... This a fairly unique situation," Stephan Terblanche, a law professor at the University of South Africa, told the AFP news agency.

    Legal expert Llewellyn Curlewis, chair of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, said that he expected a sentence of between 11 and 14 years.

    Wednesday's sentencing may also not be the end of the saga, as Pistorius or the state could launch a final round of appeals against the length of the prison term.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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