The South African Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius met his verdict on Wednesday when he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on valentines day in 2013.
The athlete, 29, shot her girlfriend four times through a locked toilet door and he will spend his jail cell at Kgos Mampuru prison.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has handed down a six-year prison sentence to Oscar Pistorius after his initial five year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on his appeal.
In delivering her sentence, Judge Masipa said the mitigating factors in the case outweighed the aggravating factors and that factors existed to deviate from the prescribed sentence for murder.
She listed mitigating factors as:
- Pistorius was vulnerable on his stumps without his protheses.
- He believed the person in the bathroom was an intruder.
- He “immediately took steps to try to save the deceased’s life”.
- The judge believed he was genuinely remorseful.
She listed aggravating factors as;
- Pistorius used a lethal weapon, with high-grade ammunition.
- He fired four times, “knowing full well” there was someone in the bathroom.
- He did not take the precaution of firing a warning shot.
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.
Law experts in South Africa have criticised the judge for handing him a short jail time. These experts were expecting Pistorius to be handed a jail term not less than 15 years.
The defence team has said they will not appeal his sentence. The defence previously said they will appeal only if the jail sentence exceeds eight years.
Steenkamp’s family is yet to comment on his sentence and they have been adamant since the sentence has been imposed on Oscar Pistorius.