AS IT HAPPENED: Families happy with Pistorius's 5 year sentence

2014-10-21 11:53

Oscar Pistorius will embrace the opportunity to pay back to society, his uncle Arnold has said on behalf of the family outside the North Gauteng High Court.

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21 Oct 15:19
Oh, one last update - News24's day editor, Estrelita Moses, chats to Jerusha Raath about the sentencing. Watch it below.

21 Oct 14:38
And that's it for Oscar Pistorius trial updates. Possibly forever. So... cheers.

21 Oct 14:12

"Pistorius’s life is ruined. No one will be deterred by his sentence. Imprisonment is a brutalist response that achieves nothing in such cases," writes Simon Jenkins in The Guardian today.

Jenkins further argues: The purpose of depriving wrongdoers of their liberty, now that we no longer hang or flog, should be to rehabilitate them and, if not, keep them from further crime. That it should be “retributive”, a mere expression of society’s rage, is primitive theology. It is trotted out when no other reason for imprisonment can be imagined.

Many, such as Rebecca Davis below, have responded on Twitter to Jenkins piece with feelings of anger.


21 Oct 13:59

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21 Oct 13:23

Pistorius will become one of 7 000 prisoners at Kgosi Mampuru II prison. Within six hours of his admission, he will undergo a health assessment and be housed in the prison's hospital section.

There is one doctor for all prisoners and five psychologists. Private doctors can visit inmates at their own expense.


21 Oct 13:10
Pistorius has arrived at prison.

21 Oct 13:08

21 Oct 13:03
What's the social media reaction to Pistorius's sentencing? News24 finds out.

21 Oct 13:02
To sum up, here are the main points of Pistorius's sentencing.

21 Oct 12:40
Gina Myers says nothing is going to bring Reeva back.

21 Oct 12:23

21 Oct 12:17
Meanwhile, Carl has tweeted...

21 Oct 12:15
Watch Judge Masipa sentence Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison.

21 Oct 12:09
I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks path of restoration - Arnold. As a family we're ready to support Oscar as he starts his sentence. Please understand as I don't want to take questions - Arnold

21 Oct 12:08
Arnold asks media to let family move forward and give us some degree of privacy as we do so.

21 Oct 12:07
One of the most distressed parts for me was how the truth became totally irrelevant in attempt to make murder charge stick - Arnold

21 Oct 12:07
Arnold: Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society. We accept the judgment.

21 Oct 12:06
This has been a hard time for us all. Harrowing. We're emotionally drained and exhausted. The case dragged out for seven months. In fact for 20 months since the bail application, the state tried to force a puzzle into the position of premeditated murder.

21 Oct 12:05
Arnold: You've shared this process with us for the last 20 months. Today a new season starts for us as family. Not just Pistorius's but Steenkamps too.

21 Oct 11:56
A suited Pistorius steps into a police nyala as onlookers whistle and shout.

21 Oct 11:55
Oh, it looks as if Pistorius might be heading off to prison now... Lots of action outside court building.

21 Oct 11:53
They Myers, Reeva's 'Johannesburg family' say the sentence is one step closer to closure.

21 Oct 11:44
Reporters now saying Pistorius will be in the court's holding cells until 16:00 this afternoon and will be moved to the prison with other prisoners.

21 Oct 11:34

21 Oct 11:33
Seven of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in South Africa are Pistorius-related.

21 Oct 11:30
The Steenkamps say they're satisfied with the sentence. They say it's time to go home.

21 Oct 11:18
Huge police contingent waiting for Pistorius to exit court building to escort him to prison.

21 Oct 11:15
The Guardian's David Smith tweets - Spoke to Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry who said: "I'm pleased that it's over."

21 Oct 11:09
NPA's Nathi Mcube: We will decide whether to appeal culpable homicide conviction or not.

21 Oct 11:08
The Pistorius family are making a statement at midday.

21 Oct 11:00
Carl Pistorius stares straight ahead when asked his feelings.

21 Oct 11:00
Police push crowd outside court building apart so as to allow the Steenkamps to walk through.

21 Oct 10:59
Roux, with a snake smile, tells a TV crew he has no comment on whether there will be an appeal.

21 Oct 10:58
The NPA says it hasn't yet made up its mind on whether to appeal.

21 Oct 10:57
Barry Roux tries to make his way through a large crowd outside the courtroom.

21 Oct 10:55

So what happened now that Pistorius has been sentenced to five years behind bars?

Criminal law expert William Booth speaks to News24.


21 Oct 10:54

21 Oct 10:52
Pistorius grabbed his uncle Arnold and aunt Lois's hands as he was led down to cells.

21 Oct 10:51
ANC Women's League says they're not happy with the verdict or the sentence and will ask the prosecution team to appeal.

21 Oct 10:48
The Steenkamp's lawyer says June is "satisfied" with the sentence, tweets Alex Crawford.

21 Oct 10:47
"Pistorius family confirm no appeal. they expect him to go to prison from court," tweets the BBC's Andrew Harding. Other reporters are tweeting the same. Another journalist who spoke to his uncle, Arnold, confirms he said "no" when asked if there will be an appeal.

21 Oct 10:44
"Pistorius must serve at least 1/6 of his sentence before house arrest considered - that is just over ten months," tweets Debora Patta.

21 Oct 10:42
Both legal teams have two weeks to state whether they intend to appeal.

21 Oct 10:42
Pistorius had a brief word with his Uncle Arnold, before being led downstairs. No indication at this stage of appeal.

21 Oct 10:41

21 Oct 10:41
Pistorius's continue to speak among themselves, as do the Steenkamps.

21 Oct 10:40
Court adjourns.

21 Oct 10:39
I wish to thank the gallery, it wasn't an easy matter. In general, I was very pleased with the conduct of all involved.

21 Oct 10:39
Masipa thanks court officials. All staff.

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