High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa sentences Oscar Pistorius to 5 years in prison, 3 years suspended for gun charges, to run concurrently.

Masipa on Tuesday said that the sentence she would hand down to Oscar Pistorius in the High Court in Pretoria was her's alone.

"Although I am sitting with two assessors on this matter, the decision is mine and mine alone," she said.

"Sentencing is about achieving the right balance..."

She said that when finding an appropriate sentence, the nature and seriousness of the crime and the interest of society are among the things that had to be taken into account.

As she spoke Pistorius looked straight ahead.

Masipa read from various old cases and quoted on sentencing being a challenge.

"Finding an appropriate sentence is a challenge faced by criminal courts daily."

She dealt with the evidence in mitigation and aggregation of sentencing and recalled the witnesses called by the defence and the State last week.


Masipa recalled how Pistroius met with psychologist Dr Lore Hartzenberg shortly after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day 2013.

Pistorius showed prominent symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and depression and many sessions could not continue because Pistorius was "too emotionally drained".

MASIPA SUMMARISES PISTORIUS'S PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Masipa said Pistorius was 27 years old, a double amputee, single, with no dependants. He lived with his uncle, was an athlete, had no income, was not employed, and had no property or previous convictions.

His parents were divorced and he was born with a congenital abnormality. At 11 months he had a "bilateral amputation".

On September 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on for the Valentine's Day 2013, shooting of Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse. The court found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm, and head.

Pistorius was found guilty of firing a pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013. He was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein on September 30, 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.





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selele
+1 # selele 2014-10-21 11:20
I it were me, I would have been given a life sentence because I am not an amputee, have income etc etc...
It is judgements like this one which prompt people to take law into their own hands. Justice was not achieved.
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joeAfrica
+2 # joeAfrica 2014-10-21 11:36
15 was more appropiate
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reason
+1 # reason 2014-10-21 12:31
Saka Gumbura is innocent, its now true that its politics at play, Gumbura ngaaburitswe, we will start the campaign free Gumbura now, you can not be incarcerated for satisfying sex hungry women.
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Master
-1 # Master 2014-10-21 15:26
Zimbawbean law and south african law is diffrent, south african law is sick my leader, fucked up if i may say like this.
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Solo
0 # Solo 2014-10-21 19:49
I've noticed that there are some males that can't share a 3 seater that are in our rural buses with a girl. That is abuse, not all women are whores. Rapists are just as good as murderers, the difference are the tools used to commit the murder. Gumbura and Pretorious cases are different.
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Bruno
0 # Bruno 2014-10-21 12:47
That is very unfair, wht about for those who lost there only beloved daughter and breadwinner????
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Solo
0 # Solo 2014-10-21 17:17
Its not reported that Pretorious offered the family of the girl $300,000.00. There was passion involved. An in loco inspection was done; it takes time for Pretorious to wear the blades and then balance. It was judged that the murder was not premeditated. Zimbos need to be forgiven; in high risk residential areas residents use codes. For example if you are a visitor in one of these houses, when you go to the toilet at night you open water tape and close say 3 times as a code. If you fail to observe that you will be mistaken for an intruder and a rain of bullets will follow.

In terms of temper, the disabled people rate high; they feel threatened.
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Solo
0 # Solo 2014-10-21 17:17
Its not reported that Pretorious offered the family of the girl $300,000.00. There was passion involved. An in loco inspection was done; it takes time for Pretorious to wear the blades and then balance. It was judged that the murder was not premeditated. Zimbos need to be forgiven; in high risk residential areas residents use codes. For example if you are a visitor in one of these houses, when you go to the toilet at night you open water tape and close say 3 times as a code. If you fail to observe that you will be mistaken for an intruder and a rain of bullets will follow.

In terms of temper, the disabled people rate high; they feel threatened.
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budzi
0 # budzi 2014-10-21 13:56
haa kuNdazo imari yako chete, havazive zveFairness zvese izvo, ndezvedu maZimbo
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budzi
+1 # budzi 2014-10-21 13:56
haa kuNdazo imari yako chete, havazive zveFairness zvese izvo, ndezvedu maZimbo
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selele
-1 # selele 2014-10-21 14:50
Manje achasara asina chaainacho adamburwa maoko.
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Dofo
+1 # Dofo 2014-10-21 14:43
Its normal in South Africa that the white rich and famous gets away with crime Oscar sold all her houses so as to raise money to pay thi Masepa lady how does the girl`s parents feel rubbish Osca is not going to spend 5 years in jail he is going to get a parrole just waite and see
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selele
0 # selele 2014-10-22 15:38
Mhondi imhondi chete, hazvina basa kuti hauna makumbo. This guy claims that he is "normal" and can compete at any other level other than badeless running. Full of himself and very trigger-itchy.

Justice was not done.
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