Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail

Oscar Pistorius will spend his first night in prison tonight after being given a sentence of five years for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African was cleared of premeditated murder earlier in the year but was found guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who read the out the sentence, described the ruling as “fair and just, both to society and to the accused”.

The prosecution had argued for a minimum of ten years in prison. Today the defence team announced they are expecting Pistorius to serve ten months of his sentence inside, with the rest served under house arrest.

Nevertheless, Steenkamps’s parents told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and believed justice has been served.

While the family seem content with the outcome there is controversy across the globe at the ruling. Twitter users were quick to ridicule the outcome with the hash tag ‘ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentance’ trending on the social media site.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that the athlete will not be allowed to compete in events during his five-year sentence – including the 2016 Games in Rio.

The athlete, who has three gold medals, will be evaluated over the course of the day in order to decide his accommodation while serving jail time.

Pistorius has also been given a three year suspended sentence for a firearms charge unrelated to the killing in which the South African fired his gun in a busy restaurant. The two sentences will run concurrently and the defence is not expected to appeal.

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