Date
20 August 2017
Oscar Pistorius after his sentencing in a Pretoria court on Tuesday. The South African sprinter was given a five-year jail term for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Photo: Reuters
Oscar Pistorius after his sentencing in a Pretoria court on Tuesday. The South African sprinter was given a five-year jail term for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Photo: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius gets 5-year jail term for Steenkamp killing

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February last year.

At the conclusion of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, a South African judge handed down the sentence in a courtroom in Pretoria, Reuters reported.

Pistorius was seen wiping his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide.

Following the ruling, the disabled 27-year-old sprinter – known as ‘Blade Runner’ because of his carbon-fiber prosthetics – was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom, the report said.

Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, died when Pistorius fired four shots through a bathroom door at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year, having mistaken her for an intruder.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.

The judge also gave the star athlete a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge, according to the BBC.

The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence, while the defense pleaded for community service and house arrest.

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