The six-time Paralympic gold medallist shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
The six-time Paralympic gold medallist had initially been convicted of culpable homicide (manslaughter) but South Africa’s Supreme Court overturned that verdict last year.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, after shooting her through a toilet door. Pistorius said he shot at the door thinking there was an intruder in his house and in September 2014 he was cleared of murder charges after Judge Thokozile Masipa stated that the prosecution had failed to prove premeditated murder.
He was originally handed a five-year sentence for culpable homicide, but prosecutors argued that verdict was wrong and sought a murder conviction.
He returned to court on Wednesday (July 6) where he was handed a six-year sentence.
According to Sky News, Pistorius could be eligible for parole in three years. The prosecution and defence can both appeal the sentence, but the BBC reports that the athlete’s lawyers say they will not.
Known as the “Blade Runner” because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he would use when running, Pistorius made history at London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
The London 2012 Olympic 400m semi-finalist also won gold in the T44 400m at the London Paralympics, setting a Paralympic record in the process, as well as silver in the T44 200m and gold in the 4x100m relay.