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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years for Reeva Steenkamp death

News24   in 
October 21, 2014

Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years behind bars for culpable homicide after a seven-month trial in the North Gauteng High Court for the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria home in February 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down her sentence shortly after 10:30 on Tuesday morning.

“Count 1, culpable homicide, sentence imposed is maximum of five years.”

He was also sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years, for discharging a firearm in a Johannesburg restaurant. Both sentences will run concurrently.

May be out in 10 months

Pistorius will be eligible for his sentence to be commuted to correctional supervision after 10 months.

In terms of Section 276 of the Criminal Procedure Act, the accused may serve one-sixth of the sentence. For a five-year sentence, this would amount to 10 months.

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