6 years prison to Oscar Pistorius
| 06 Jul 2016
| Vidya Shankar Tiwari, Editor, NOP

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the sentence in a South African courtroom on Wednesday. Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, were present in the courtroom, which was packed with relatives of both Pistorius and Steenkamp and other observers.
In reading out the sentence, Judge Masipa said Pistorius was a "fallen hero."
In an hour-long session, Judge Thokozile Masipa said mitigating circumstances, such as rehabilitation and remorse, outweighed aggravating factors for deviating from the prescribed 15-year sentence for murder.




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