South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Tuesday sentenced by a Pretoria court to 5 years in jail for the culpable homicide death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a trial that stirred the entire world’s attention.
Pistorius was sentenced at the Pretoria High Court by Judge Thokozile Masipa, the Independent Online reported.
On Sep 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva 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 also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.
Further, he was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein Sep 30, 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.
Pistorius was taken to prison after the sentencing.