The South African Olympic and paralympic runner, Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a 20-year-old law graduate and model on Valentine’s Day of last year Eurosport reports.
Reeva Steenkamp was shot by lover, pistorious at his home in Pretoria.
Judgement given by the only second black woman to rise to bench, Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered that Pistorius serve a maximum of five years for the crime.
Tears trailed pistorious cheeks when the verdict was given before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital.
Pistorius still dressed in dark suit, white shirt and black tie was conveyed to Pretoria Central Prison, where he is expected to serve his time.
Prisons officials said Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, would be housed in a separate and secure hospital wing of the massive complex.
His family remained calm throughout the sentencing.
Pistorius was also sentenced to three years for unlawful discharge of a firearm in a restaurant, with that portion of the sentence suspended for five years.
After the proceedings, one of Pistorius’s legal team, Roxanne Adams, told Sky News that Pistorius will serve just a sixth of his sentence in prison – a mere 10 months –before serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest.
“Justice was served,” said the Steenkamp family lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, adding that it was “the right sentence” – but the victim’s mother put things in a different light.
“There is no closure without Reeva, unless you can magic her back,” said June Steenkanp