A court in Pretoria sentenced the South African athlete’s Paralympic Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison for the murder of the girlfriend Riva Steenkamp, reports Reuters.
Pistorius was taken into custody in the courtroom immediately after the verdict and transferred to Khosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, although his lawyers can still appeal the verdict.
As noted , the air forceformally Pistorius will spend behind bars less than six years, as previously he has already served part of the term.
However, legally he will be required to serve at least half of the six years before eligible for parole.
At sentencing, the court took into account extenuating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse of the accused. They outweighed the aggravating factors, and prosecutors requested a 15-year term was cut by more than half.
Recall that in October 2014, Pistorius was acquitted of premeditated murder Stenkamp, but guilty of murder manslaughter.
He was sentenced to five years in prison, but for good behavior and overcrowded prisons were released early from prison, where he spent only a year and placed under house arrest.
However, on December 3, 2015 Supreme court of appeal South Africa reclassified the original article the charges from manslaughter to premeditated murder, accepting a Prosecutor’s office protest.
The case of Pistorius returned to court for imposition of a new sentence, the penalty for which could be up to 15 years in prison. Before the new trial, the athlete remained under house arrest.
Tragedy in the house of Pistorius occurred on the night of 14 February 2013. Athlete shot his girlfriend through a locked toilet door, allegedly mistaking her for a burglar. The girl was fatally wounded in the head, hands, and chest.
Pistorius is a six-time champion of the Paralympic games. In 2012 he became the first man in history without both feet, participating in the Olympics among healthy athletes.