Oscar Pictorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

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A South African court has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in jail. The paralympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence, while the defence for community service and house arrest. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder. Judge Masipa began reading the sentence by saying that, although she had been aided by assessors, the decision was hers and hers alone. She said: “Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise.” She said there must be a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. The judge then summarised the evidence brought before the trial.

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