“Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years’ jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.
“The gold medallist was taken to jail immediately after sentencing in a South African court.
“The state had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder but High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa listed several mitigating factors for sentencing him to less than that, including the athlete’s claim he believed he was shooting an intruder…
“Judge Masipa, who heard the original trial, said in her ruling “public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court”.
“Pistorius hugged his family before being taken out of the court in Pretoria to begin serving his term.”
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