Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years for manslaughter

Oscar Pistorius has spent his first night in prison after being sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. It is understood the athlete will spend part of his term under house arrest.

He was also handed a suspended three-year sentence for firearms offences.

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Pistorius to discuss running future with agent in prison

Pistorius made history after becoming the first amputee athlete to run in the Olympics. Credit: PA

Oscar Pistorius' agent is set to meet with the double-amputee athlete in prison in the next few days to discuss his running future.

Peet van Zyl said no talks had been held yet over the Paralympic champion's career as he was taken straight to jail after being sentenced on Tuesday.

Whatever their plans, South African Olympic committee chief executive Tubby Reddy said Pistorius would not be allowed to compete until he completes his five year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

This would apply even if the 27-year-old was released early after serving one-sixth of his term - or 10 months - to serve the remainer under house arrest.

The International Olympic Committee and the International Association of World Athletics Federations, which controls able-bodied athletics events, declined to comment on Pistorius' case.


Pistorius friend: Prison 'terrifying prospect' for disabled

Prison can be a "terrifying prospect" for a disabled person as facilities are not properly equipped to deal with someone who has limited mobility, a friend of Oscar Pistorius told Good Morning Britain.

Charity chief Mike Kendrick admitted he feared for the safety of the disgraced athlete as Pistorius was "not mobile at all" without his prosthetic limbs.

Pistorius' friend says custodial sentence was 'inevitable'

A friend of Oscar Pistorius said a custodial sentence was "inevitable" for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Speaking from his home in Shropshire, Mike Kendrick told Good Morning Britain: "He did kill Reeva. He didn't mean to but he did so I think it was pretty inevitable and quite a balanced judgement."

"It's a terrifying prospect for anybody that's disabled particularly with Oscar being so famous which makes it a lot worse because he's going to be the subject of a lot of abuse potentially."

He said he "feared" for his friend who he said was in a "very depressed state."

"He's a completely broken man as you would expect after a tragedy like this. I mean he's lost his fortune, he's lost his whole career, he's lost everything and I'm concerned for him from that point of view."


Pistorius banned from Paralympic events for five years

Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in any Paralympic events for the duration of his five year prison sentence, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said.

Although Pistorius could be released after 10 months to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest, the IPC says its rules will still prevent him from running for the full five years.

This rules him out of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

Oscar Pistorius' uncle: We accept this sentence

Oscar Pistorius' uncle has said that he accepts his nephew's sentence, adding that Oscar "will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society".

This has been a incredibly harrowing experience for everyone involved: the Steenkamp family, our family and Oscar. It's been a harrowing 20 months and we are all emotionally drained.

– Arnold pistorius

He added that he hoped Oscar would "begin his own healing process".

"As a family we are ready to help and guide Oscar as he serves his sentence," he said.

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