Sentence not fair for Oscar – Kenny Kunene

2014-10-21 12:13

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Businessperson Kenny Kunene said outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that his heart went out to Reeva Steenkamp’s family.

“I am sad for them,” he said.

He also lamented Oscar Pistorius’ five-year jail sentence.

“Look, it’s sad knowing prison conditions are what they are. I respect Judge [Thokozile] Masipa, but I think a custodial sentence was not fair for Oscar.”

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said there was an “appetite” to appeal the sentence, but the facts needed to be examined.

“There is an appetite to appeal and we have 14 days to consider the law, and ensure the facts and the law allow us to appeal,” NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube told reporters after proceedings were adjourned.

The NPA was not happy that Pistorius had been found guilty of culpable homicide and not murder, but he said it was a “consolation” that he would go to jail.

A reporter asked Mncube whether Pistorius would serve one-third of his sentence. He said that was a matter for the correctional services department to decide.

Speaking to reporters on the other side of the court room, one of the junior counsel who had been part of Pistorius’ defence team said he would serve one-sixth of his sentence. This meant Pistorius would spend 10 months in jail.

Photographers and members of the media gathered at the side of the court, waiting for Pistorius to be taken to prison in a police vehicle.

Two cameramen on an orange Harley Davidson motorcycle were ready to follow the police convoy.

“We are waiting for him to leave, then we [will] follow them and see where they are taking him.

People had their cellphones out in the hope of taking a photo of the Paralympian.

A woman asked her friend: “Can we see him? It’s good. He must go to jail.”

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