Main points of Pistorius sentencing

2014-10-21 11:44
Oscar Pistorius greets his uncle, Arnold, as he is led down to the holding cells of the North Gauteng High Court after being sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. (Herman Verwey, Media24, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius greets his uncle, Arnold, as he is led down to the holding cells of the North Gauteng High Court after being sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. (Herman Verwey, Media24, Pool)

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Pistorius's defence can apply to appeal sentence

2014-10-21 11:15

Should the defence deem it necessary, Barry Roux and his team are eligible to apply for leave to appeal Judge Thokozile Masipa's ruling that Oscar Pistorius serve five years in prison for his culpable homicide charge for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp. They must apply within 14 days. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - "Mr Pistorius, please stand. The following is what I consider to be a sentence that is firm and just both to society and the accused. Count one, culpable homicide: The sentence imposed is a maximum imprisonment of five years."

With this sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa brought to an end the seven-month trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Here are some of the main points of the sentencing:

- Five years in prison on manslaughter conviction.

- Three-year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm in a restaurant.

- According to experts, Pistorius must serve at least a sixth of his sentence, meaning he could be eligible for parole after 10 months.

- The State had called for a 10-year jail sentence, while the defence had pleaded for house arrest and community service.

- Both prosecution and defence have 14 days to decide on an appeal, but Pistorius's uncle apparently told journalists that there will be no appeal.

- According to reporters in court, Pistorius stood in the dock with his jaw muscles clenched as sentence was handed down.

- He then made his way downstairs to the holding cells, from where he will be transported to prison.

- Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, told the BBC that they are happy with the sentence and relieved it is over.

- "The court has now handed down judgment and sentence. We accept the judgment. Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society."- Arnold Pistorius, Oscar's uncle.

- Masipa stated she sought to find a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation.

- "I have taken into account the seriousness of the offence, which led to the death of the deceased, the personal circumstances of the accused, and the interests of society."

- "I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message. A long sentence would also not be appropriate either as it would lack the element of mercy."

- "If sentences are too lenient, the administration of justice will fall into disrepute and people will take law into their own hands."

- "A suspended sentence would not be appropriate in my view."

- "The loss of life can't be reversed. Hopefully judgment on sentence will provide some sort of closure for all concerned."

- Pistorius was responsible of "gross negligence". He used a lethal firearm and fired not one, but four shots into the door, knowing there was no room for the person inside to escape.

- "It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged and another for the rich and famous."

- Masipa ruled that despite his physical disability and vulnerability, Pistorius has "excellent coping skills".

- The department of correctional services is equipped to deal with people who have disabilities like Pistorius - Masipa.

- Judge "not impressed" by evidence of probation officer Annette Vergeer, but correctional services commissioner Zach Modise was a good witness, satisfying her that the department had the means to deal with Pistorius.

- "Retribution is not the same as vengeance" - Masipa.

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