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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Oscar Pistorius Trial

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
The verdict comes after his initial five year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on appeal.

The sentence is far less than South Africa's usual 15-year minimum. Talking about the mitigating factors, Judge Thokozile Masipa said Pistorius was "vulnerable" without his protheses and had taken immediate steps to try to save Steenkamp's life after she was shot.

Masipa disagreed with the state's claim that Pistorius showed no remorse and said that it is a "misperception" that there was an argument between Pistorius and Steenkamp before she was shot and killed.

"Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court," she said.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and "some say a short sentence will send the wrong message to would-be-offenders", the BBC reports.
The Women's League of the ruling ANC party called the sentence "an insult to women."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why lesser jail term for him?

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