Pistorius sentenced to six years for murder
Pistorius, 29, was initially convicted of manslaughter after he admitted shooting Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his luxury home in Pretoria after mistaking her for an intruder but his conviction was upgraded to murder on appeal.
Women’s rights groups condemned the sentence as too little, highlighting that the minimum prescribed jail term is 15 years and accused Judge Thokozile Masipa of being soft on the double amputee, whose legs were removed as a baby.
“Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court,” said Judge Masipa. “I am of the view that a long term in prison will not serve justice.”
Meanwhile, African National Congress Women’s League spokesperson Jacqueline Mofokeng criticised the ruling and Judge Masipa, saying: “First five years, now six years? She is an embarrassment to the justice system. It is an insult to women in this country.”
Pistorius’s legal team said they did not intend to appeal the sentence while prosecutors made no announcement on whether they would launch an appeal.