Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering Reeva Steenkamp

South African paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The double-amputee's manslaughter conviction was overturned last year by an appeals court, which convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

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Pistorius 'will not appeal sentence'

Oscar Pistorius will not appeal his six-year prison sentence for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his defence team have said.

The paralympic gold medalist, who was sentenced today, will serve "between half and two thirds of the sentence" before he can apply for parole, said Andrew Fawcett, Pistorius' instructing lawyer.


Pistorius sentenced to six years for Steenkamp murder

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years for the murder in 2013 of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The sentence was less than many had expected, and under the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence the prosecution had called for.

Before announcing her decision Judge Thokozile Masipa outlined both mitigating and aggravating factors in the case, concluding that the mitigating circumstances outweighed the aggravating factors.

Pistoriuys was taken to jail immediately following the hearing.

Pistorius judge reviews events of murder

Judge Thokozile Masipa has begun outlining the events of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, preceding her comments by saying the circumstances did not make the crime any less serious.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp when he fired a gun four times at a closed bathroom door, which she was behind.

He has always denied deliberately shooting Steenkamp, maintaining during his trial that he opened fire because he believed an intruder had broken into his home.

"The fact that the accused thought it was an intruder does not make it any less serious," Judge Masipa said.


Pistorius arrives at court for sentencing

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Oscar Pistorius has arrived at court for his sentencing hearing over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Dressed in a dark suit, the South African paralympic gold medalist arrived at the South African court room flanked by police.

ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray tweeted an image of Pistorius' arrival:

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