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    Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    '(Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

    As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock.

    His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. An armored police vehicle took him from the court building.'


    Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp | Reuters


    Agree or disagree with the sentence?

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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    Apparently killing somebody in South Africa isn't that serious of a crime.

    I don't like the sentence. However, from what I've read this whole mess isn't finished. Appeals can come from both sides.

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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    '(Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

    As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock.

    His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. An armored police vehicle took him from the court building.'


    Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp | Reuters


    Agree or disagree with the sentence?
    I do not know enough to judge the verdict. But what I know of the circumstances do sound as though 5 years might be appropriate. I mean, the girl is dead and there does not appear to have been any clear and present danger to the man.

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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    From what I read, he was convicted of the equivelant of manslaughter. He claimed he thought it was an intruder he was shooting, one of those impossible to prove or disprove claims. Based on that, 5 years is not entirely unreasonable.
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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    At least he got something. I was expecting the bastard to walk.
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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    At least he got something. I was expecting the bastard to walk.
    Hell a tiny term like 5 years what's the difference?

    I was gunning for him getting 15 minimum 30 maximum. Oh well, manslaughter isn't that bad a crime in South Africa I guess.
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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    At least he got something. I was expecting the bastard to walk.
    Well not really walk, I hear they wont allow his legs in jail.

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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Luftwaffe View Post
    Hell a tiny term like 5 years what's the difference?

    I was gunning for him getting 15 minimum 30 maximum. Oh well, manslaughter isn't that bad a crime in South Africa I guess.
    Agreed, but 5 years is better than nothing.
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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    He will only serve 1/6 of the sentence in prison (hospital wing) then goes home to house arrest. The prosecution were looking for murder and 25 years, so they might well appeal. The judge talked about mercy and justice and balancing the two, alongside the need to demonstrate that SA didn't have one law for the poor and one for the famous.
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    Re: Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

    They say he may be released in 10 months, as his Attorney is pushing for the rest of the time to be served under house arrest.

    I hope they at least make him do a year.....I don't think he is innocent at all.

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