After a dramatic three year court proceedings following the shocking murder of Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 by celebrated South African Olympic champion, Oscar Pistorius, the ultimate verdict has finally been passed – a minute 6 year imprisonment. Judge Thokozile Masipa in her lengthy delivery, disagreed with the notion that Pistorius had failed to show remorse, noting that he had tried to apologize to the Steenkamp family.
“It is my view that it must be one of the most difficult things for any accused to have to face the victims of his crime and to apologize,” Masipa told the court. Stressing that nothing “can diminish the pain” felt by Steenkamp’s loved ones — who were present in court — but said “substantial and compelling” circumstances justified deviating from the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years. Calling Pistorius a “fallen hero” who has “lost his career” and “cannot be at peace” with what he had done, Masipa told the court a long prison term would “not serve justice in this matter.”
This comes after his initial five-year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on appeal.
Well, this news obviously didn’t go down well with a lot of South Africans and they have taken to Twitter to air their grievances:
This is outright injustice! When has a human life equated to a 6 year jail sentence?