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Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

The South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to a jail term of five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge.

Justifying her decision, she said there must be a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation.

Karin Giannone was outside the court as the sentence was passed.

  • 21 Oct 2014
  • From the section Africa
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