Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years' jail for murder

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    Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years' jail for murder of Reeva Steenkamp


    Updated 6 minutes ago

    VIDEO: Judge Thokozile Masipa sentences Oscar Pistorius to 6 years' jail (ABC News)
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    Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years' jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.
    Key points:

    • Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013
    • He has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage
    • Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the sentence
    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 an appeals court upgraded the conviction to murder.

    The 29-year-old shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

    He pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014 and has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage, saying he was trying to protect her.

    The athlete had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby and his lawyers have argued that his disability and mental stress should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence.

    Some rights groups said Pistorius, a wealthy white man and international celebrity, had received preferential treatment compared to others without his status or wealth.

    Outside the court, a group of people held up placards backing the athlete.

    One read: "Give Oscar his freedom back please".

    Steenkamp's mother and father, who said Pistorius had to pay for his crime, were also in the court.
    AFP/Reuters
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-...-6-years'-jail-for-steenkamp's-murder/7574014
 
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