Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Has justice been served? Twitter users weigh in.
During a hearing this morning in a Pretoria, South Africa, courtroom, judge Thokozile Masipa also gave the sprint runner a three-year suspended sentence for gun charges.
Pistorius’ lawyers have said the law under which he was punished calls for him to serve only one-sixth of the prison term — 10 months — before being released to house arrest, The New York Times reported.
Last month, Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide after a trial that had spanned six months by that point.
Just after 3am on 14 Feburary 2013, Pistorius testified he heard a noise in his bathroom, where the toilet is in a cubicle, behind a door. Believing an intruder was the source of the noise, he grabbed his gun and fired four shots into the toilet door, killing Steenkamp on the other side.
In South Africa, a judge and assessors determine an accused’s guilt or innocence, not juries.
— Joshua Douglass (@JoshuaDouglass1) October 21, 2014
You get a longer jail time for Internet trolling. #OscarPistorius
— Confidence (@ConObey_) October 21, 2014
— The Conqueror (@Amosmudau21) October 21, 2014
Oscar isn’t scared of picking up the soap in the shower in prison. He has a way of dealing with people in bathrooms. #Pistorius
— Tom Scorza (@TomScorza) October 21, 2014
5 years for #Pistorius?! It’s good to be famous.
— Rafał Żochowski (@rafalzochowski) October 21, 2014
— Allan (@reidoshouse) October 21, 2014
so you get the same amount of years for murder as cultivating marijuana??? #Pistorius
— Johnny Boy (@JohnnyBoy314) October 21, 2014
House arrest after 10months in Jail… Surely, #Pistorius is at his most dangerous at home?!
— James Headspeath (@JHeadspeath1988) October 21, 2014
#Pistorius and the Oscar goes to….Jail!
— TheRedBeastOfKonoha (@oyykhlain) October 21, 2014
My mam had me on house arrest for longer when I flushed our deans grand theft auto disc down the toilet when I was 11 #Pistorius
— Michael Coleman (@MColeyColeman) October 21, 2014
Oprah be preparing scripts for her interview with #Pistorius in like 2 years from now…
— Eo Ire Itum (@sojitweets) October 21, 2014
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