South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, 29, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. It wasn?t what Steenkamp?s family or the thousands of people who religiously followed the development of case expected. The sentence was too light, but in Judge Thokozile Masipa?s courtroom, she believes, it?s the right punishment, deemed fair to both parties.
In February of 2013, Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp four times in a locked bathroom after he mistook her as an intruder. Despite admitting that he shot her, he maintained his alibi saying he mistook her as an intruder and he did what he did to protect himself. Judge Thokozile Masipa, on the other hand, had to consider some other factors that may have prevented the crime, such as issuing a warning shot.
Legal experts think the sentence was too light for a murder conviction, but critics believe Judge Masipa delivered her sentencing in a manner that delivers a heartfelt and fair message to both camps. Prior to the murder conviction, Pistorius has served one year in jail for the 5-year sentence on homicide.
Judge Masipa explained how she arrived at the 6-year jail time for Oscar Pistorius, saying ?a long term in prison will not serve justice”. She also added that there were no indications that Reeva Steenkamp has suffered from an abusive relationship. Also citing that she saw how remorseful Pistorius has been, it added to the factor of giving him a lighter sentence.
Oscar Pistorius is a six-time paralympic gold medalist, but it was his stint at the 2012 London Olympics as the first amputee to compete in such an event that made him famous. His murder case started in February 2013 when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and the trial began on March 2014. In September of the same year, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of homicide and was directed to start his 5-year sentence in prison by October. After one year of serving part of his sentence, Pistorius was granted a house arrest and in December of 2015, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of murder after an appeal in court showed evidence of such.