Oscar Pistorius jailed 6 years for murder of girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius jailed 6 years for murder of girlfriend

South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was handed a six-year jail term on Wednesday morning,  for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The state had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder.

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"Public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court," High Court judge Thokozile Masipa said in her ruling. Pistorius was taken straight to jail after the ruling.

The verdict comes after Pistorius' initial five-year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on appeal. Pistorius, 29, shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door in February 2013. He admitted shooting her, but said he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder and acted out of fear.

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