Oscar expected to serve 10 months behind bars

2014-10-21 11:33

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Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux said he expected the jailed athlete to serve only 10 months of his five-year sentence in prison.

The remainder would be under house arrest, according to Roux.

However, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) disputed this opinion, saying Pistorius was likely to serve at least a third of his sentence in prison – effectively 20 months.

The NPA has not yet decided whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius’ conviction for culpable homicide, spokesperson Nathi Mncube said.

“Justice was served,” said Dup de Bruyn, the lawyer for the Steenkamp family. He told reporters the judge had given “the right sentence”.

Meanwhile, Reeva Steenkamp’s father Barry said outside the court: “[I am] satisfied with the sentence ... [it’s] now time to go home.”

His wife June walked in front of him as they made their way to their car.

As the court adjourned Pistorius, looking weepy, made his way out of the dock and down the stairs to the holding cells.

As he descended the first steps he touched the hands of four relatives standing above him, a woman in a pink outfit, a woman in a navy blue blazer and skirt, and his uncle Arnold and wife Lois.

His brother Carl went down the steps soon after that.

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