Tuesday, 4 November 2014

News: Oscar Pistorius given 5 year sentence

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. The Paralympic champion was also given a three year sentence, suspended for five years, for a firearms charge.

Pistorius was cleared of pre-meditated murder last month, but was found guilty of culpable homicide, the South African equivalent of manslaughter. It is estimated by his defence team that he will only spend 10-20 months in prison in Pretoria and spend the rest under house arrest, but the National Prosecuting Authority stated that he will only be able to appeal for parole after completing a third of his sentence.

Thokozile Masipa, the judge of the case, explained that she did not want to give the impression that the rules would be different for the “rich and famous” and the “poor and disadvantaged”. She also stated that she hoped to provide some closure for Steenkamp’s family after the seven month trial. In South Africa, the judge makes the sole decision in court without help of a jury.

It was also confirmed in court that the prison was sufficient to cope with the needs of Pistorius’ disability, despite the defence lawyers claiming otherwise.

Pistorius was taken straight to the court cells after his sentencing and will travel to the prison with all other prisoners who are to be transported at the same time this afternoon. He will be assessed upon arrival as to whether he will be kept in ordinary cells or whether he will stay in the hospital cells.

The Interational Olympic Committee has announced that he will be banned from atheletics competition until 2019 after today’s verdict

originally posted at mystudentstyle.co.uk

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