At least he got some jail time, says Reeva’s mother

2014-10-22 00:00

THAT Oscar Pistorius will spend at least 10 months in prison is “at least something” and “a measure of comfort”, said the Steenkamp family and the National Prosecuton Authority (NPA) yesterday.

Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in terms of a specific article in the Criminal Procedure Act that makes provison for his five-year sentence to be converted to correctional supervision after 10 months.

“Even if it is short, it means he will pay,” June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, said after the sentencing.

“It is okay.”

She squeezed the shoulder of her legal representative, advocate Dup de Bruyn, and thanked him.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said the authority was glad the long trial is at an end. “It is a comfort that the accused will spent at least a portion of his sentence in prison. We are glad about that.”

The state has not yet decided if it will appeal, but there is “an apetite to appeal” Mncube said. He stressed the state has 14 days to do so. The defence reportedly does not plan to appeal.

Barry Steenkamp, Reeva’s father, told reporters he had no comments, but he is thankful it is over. “We are so glad. We can no go on, one day at a time.”

De Bruyn said the sentencing was well thought through.

Oscar’s uncle Arnold Pistorius told reporters the Pistorius family accepted the sentence, but also lashed out at the state for changing their tactics when their murder charge did not stick. “In the process they decided to commit as much collateral damage as possible.”

He said one of the aspects of the trial that angered him the most was how the truth became “totally irrelevant” in the state’s attempts to succeed in its charge of premeditated murder”.

Yesterday was one of the least emotional days of the entire trial.

The Steenkamp couple were unemotional, as were Oscar and his younger sister, Aimée, who had cried several times during the trial. All were expressionless when Masipa sentenced Oscar to five years in prison. Unlike their habit to date, the Pistorius family quickly left the court yesterday, with none of the usual greetings and quick prayers.

Arnold Pistorius and other family members only greeted Oscar quickly when the court orderly led him to the cells under the court. Carl Pistorius, his brother who had been in a vehicle crash, was on crutches as he followed his brother on his prosthetics.

Oscar was loaded from the cells into a police vehicle and taken to the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.