Kevin Pietersen labels Oscar Pistorius' 6-year sentence as 'pathetic'

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder

Kevin Pietersen labels Oscar Pistorius' 6-year sentence as 'pathetic'

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison on a reduced sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but he could be out in just one.

The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the culpable homicide conviction in December previous year and upgraded it to murder.

While the minimum sentence was 15 years for the charge, the judge said that Pistorius is a "good candidate for rehabilitation" and shouldn't be in prison any longer than necessary. Both the prosecution and defence can appeal, but his lawyers say they will not.

Pistorius will be eligible for parole after serving half the sentence under new legislation in South Africa, legal expert Marius du Toit said.

Steenkamp's father, Barry, who said during sentencing hearings that Pistorius must pay for his crime, declined to comment on the prospects for an appeal.

If jailed on Wednesday, he would likely return to the hospital section of Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, separated from regular inmates.

Steenkamp, 29, died after Pistorius fired four gunshots into the closed bathroom door of his villa in an upscale Pretoria neighborhood in the early hours of February 14, 2013. Despite admitting that he shot her, he maintained his alibi saying he mistook her as an intruder and he did what he did to protect himself.

Pistorius was first convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and spent a year in prison.

Called the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber running blades, Pistorius made history by running at the 2012 London Olympics.

For example, Pistorius "immediately took steps to try to save the deceased's life" and seemed "genuinely remorseful".

As you can guess, Pistorius' family and supporters fully believe he was acting out of confusion and self-defense (despite the fact that she was unarmed and had literally nothing to hurt him with) and have expressed admiration for his "bravery" and remorse. She said the sentence was an embarrassment to the country's justice system.

She added of Judge Masipa: "First five years, now six years?".

The Steenkamp family did not criticize the sentence: "The family has said it before they wanted the law to run its course".

He was originally handed a five-year sentence for culpable homicide, but prosecutors argued that verdict was wrong and sought a murder conviction.

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