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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.

Public opinion 'must play no part' in Pistorius sentencing

The judge in Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing has said that public opinion must play no role in the court's sentencing decision.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the court should not take account of public opinion in determining sentence, no matter how "loud and persistent" it might be.

Pistorius' case has received widespread media attention.

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.

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