Oscar Pistorius has today (June 6) been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, in a sentencing handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa - the same woman who handled his original trial.

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

Summing up the case, Judge Masipa admitted no sentence she passed would be able to please all parties, before recapping the evidence handed over by the defence.

Though the minimum sentence in South Africa for murder is 15 years imprisonment, Judge Masipa had the authority to reduce or suspend part of the sentence if there were reasons deemed "substantial and compelling".

The six year sentence comes after his initial manslaughter conviction was changed to murder in December 2015 following an appeal by the prosecution.

Dr Jonathan Scholtz, a witness for the defence had argued during proceedings that Pistorius should not return to jail as he's suffering from "major depression".

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued against this, noting that Pistorius had fitness of mind enough to give a television interview which was broadcast on ITV earlier this year.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked bathroom door in February, 2013, and has always maintained that he did not know it was his former girlfriend who stood on the opposite side.


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