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  1. Judge gives five-year prison sentence to Oscar Pistorius for the shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  2. He was found guilty of culpable homicide in September but cleared of murder
  3. Steenkamp family say they are satisfied with the sentence
  4. The defence had argued for house arrest, saying he would be vulnerable in prison
  5. Pistorius, a Paralympic athletics champion, killed Ms Steenkamp at his home on 14 February 2013
  6. All times in BST (one hour ahead of GMT)

Live Reporting

By Sean Fanning, Neil Arun and Richard Irvine-Brown

All times stated are UK

Thank you and goodbye

That wraps our live coverage of the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius. The

BBC News website will keep you up to date with what happens next.

Thanks for staying with us. We leave you with this image of the South African athlete, beginning his journey from the courtroom to the prison cell.

Oscar Pistorius leaving court

Karen Cooper emails: Frankly this is better than expected, bearing in mind the defence argued for house arrest and community service - for taking a life - but the lines were always going to be blurred by the standards we apply in the UK.

Edward Winfield emails: A lot of comments on the leniency. Perhaps the prosecution just didn't do enough and this is not the fault of Judge Masipa?

Ekong emails: This is one of the most ridiculous and lenient sentencing I have ever come across. The gravity of the offence has not been taken into consideration but rather technicalities. An innocent woman died in the hands of a reckless, angry, power drunk and gun-toting killer and yet he will be discharged after a few months of being in jail.

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Josh Hoy tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay So many people putting in their pennies' worth, truth is no one truly knows what happened #OscarTrial

A snapshot of South African justice

For many people outside South Africa, the Pistorius case provided a fascinating insight into the post-apartheid justice system. Judge Masipa has helped shape our perception of the country's courts.


BBC's Andrew Harding recently quoted her on his blog, discussing what lies ahead for South Africa: "I think we're going somewhere. We still have a long way to go, obviously, but... we're making a difference. It's a tough place to be, because for a long time it was only men who sat here.

"And in our culture it's even tougher because some men are just not used to seeing women giving orders. So it's tough, but, you know, one gets used to it."

Judge Masipa

This is a 45-second video, showing

the moment when Oscar Pistorius was sentenced - and the reaction afterwards.

TMG Oscar

tweets: So Oscar will spend his 28th birthday (November 22) behind bars

Paralympics 'is not just Pistorius'

The BBC's Chris Mitchell has been speaking to Craig Spence of the International Paralympic Committee.

Mr Spence said Pistorius had done a lot for the Paralympic movement - but the movement "was about more than just one athlete", as shown by the London 2012 Games.

"I don't think [the Pistorius case] damages the Paralympic movement at all," he said. "Oscar was the poster boy following the Beijing Games, but at London 2012, Oscar only won one gold medal, there were others who stole the headlines, Peacock, Oliveira, van Rhijn, McFadden. Those are the names that are grabbing the headlines around the world. We want the headline makers to be those athletes that are winning medals."

Pistorius at Beijing Paralympics

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Pretoria

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko says that Pistorius has arrived at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison. He will be given a prison number there, have his fingerprints taken and his clothes taken away. He will have to wear the orange overalls that all inmates wear.

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Eleanor Larkin emails: Pistorius did something dangerous with full knowledge that death was a possible consequence. Five years is not proportionate to the offence.

South African writer and columnist Pinky Khoabane

tweets: Frankly Im shocked Pistorius is going to prison albeit for 8mths. Our courts have been very lenient on white killers.

ANC Women's League tweets concerns

More on those strong objections to the trial outcome from the Women's League of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's governing party. It has

taken to Twitter to voice outrage over the Pistorius sentencing. The organisation seems to be pushing for a tougher conviction.

#ANCWL has consistently campaigned for harsh sentences in all cases of violence against women and children... Statistics indicate that a woman is killed in every eight (8) hours in South Africa... This situation is abnormal & should be unacceptable to every citizen... we would want to see this verdict being expunged as a precedent setting case in our statutes."

Flowers and a sick bucket

How will you remember the Pistorius trial? Aislinn Laing, Southern Africa Correspondent for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, has

tweeted this evocative picture of the bench where Oscar Pistorius sat - empty now, but for a bunch of roses and a sick bucket.

Your reactions

Jennifer emails: I think Judge Masipa did an excellent job throughout the trial, she was committed throughout in ensuring the two people and their families involved in the tragic affair saw justice. South Africa should be proud to have Judge Masipa. I feel terribly for both families and particularly for the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, no parent would wish to experience their grief.

Roy emails: Utter injustice. Extreme weakness shown by Judge Masipa, both in her decision to find Pistorius not guilty of murder and the length of the sentence due to the high profile of the defendant. If the defendant were an ordinary black person having shot a white person, would he be able to walk free after 10 months?

Mandy Wiener, a journalist for Eyewitness News,

tweets: It is going to take some time for the country to digest that image of Oscar Pistorius, a prisoner in custody, being led to a police car.

Your reactions

Paul Taylor emails: May not be part of S African Law but he should be banned from owning firearms. If nothing else he has proved he is irresponsible with them!!

Pistorius 'ready to pay back to society'

Pistorius' uncle Arnold has just spoken to reporters outside court, saying he is satisfied with the sentence: "Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society. I appeal to all of you as the media to accept the ruling of the court. After 20 months of relentless public trial, I would ask you, ladies and gentlemen of the media, to let us move forward in this process and give us some degree of dignity and privacy as we do so."

"As a last word, I want to say something as an uncle. I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as you walk down the path of restoration. As a family, we are ready to guide and support Oscar as he serves his sentence."

Pistorius taken from court after sentencing

Pistorius boards a police van after being sentenced

Anger at the ANC Women's League

The Women's League of the African National Congress, South Africa's governing party, wants the state to appeal against the verdict of culpable homicide handed down in September.

It thinks he should have been convicted for murder, spokeswoman Edna Molewa said

in a statement quoted by The Citizen.

"An appeal in this case is in the interest of the judicial system and the general public," she was quoted as saying.

In September, a South African minister - who is also the president of the ANC Women's League - criticised Pistorius's conviction.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga told the BBC she thought the judgement was "based on technicalities, not on facts".

She said she believed ordinary women in the country will not feel that the law protects them.

Pistorius cannot 'compete for five years'

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

The International Paralympic Committee says Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to run at any of their events for five years - even if he is released early.

That rules him out of the next Olympics - due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Pistorius would only be 33 in 2020 for Tokyo Games. Justin Gatlin, the fastest man in world this year, is 32.

Your reactions

Floyd Brissett emails: I think Oscar got off very lightly. Five years in prison is not enough, when you consider that Reeva had not done anything to justify her being shot dead.

Charlie Sandford emails: Think it was the right sentence for Oscar Pistorius, not an easy decision for the judge, no one was going to like the sentence regardless. Feel for both sides, both Oscar and his family, and Reeva's family and friends.

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Kevin & Celia email: Fair! Well done Judge Masipa. Heart bleeds for Oscar and Steenkamps.

Your reactions

Nigel emails: This creates a very poor impression of the value placed on a life by the South African judicial system. If the verdict had onlookers scratching their heads, the prospect of Pistorius being out in ten months is very disturbing.

Prosecution 'undecided' on appeal

The spokesman for South Africa's state prosecuting authority says it is undecided on whether to appeal against Oscar Pistorius's conviction for culpable homicide.

"We are at this point going to consider whether to appeal the matter or not, there is a lot to consider," Nathi Mncube said. "At this point the decision whether to appeal or not has not been taken."

Pistorius greets family members as he is taken from court

Oscar Pistorius leaving court, 21 October 2014

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Pretoria

Within six hours of being taken into custody, Pistorius will be evaluated in the hospital wing of the prison to decide which side of the jail he will be staying in, based on his disability.

Your reactions

Fuad emails: Oscar Pistorius will get his life back after few years. He will recover all his legal costs by selling his story. Reeva did not get a justice.

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Keeley Howell : This trial is a joke, any ordinary member of the public would have been banged to right by now #powerhungarytrial @BBC_HaveYourSay

Your reactions

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L Buckland : 2 lonely figures: #Pistorius & Judge Masipa:eyes & ears of the world are on both. Gd summary: justice must be seen 2b done. @BBC_HaveYourSay

Andrew Harding

Africa correspondent

tweets: Just spoke to Barry and June Steenkamp. Both happy with sentence and relieved it is over. Am told Pistorius will be released after 10 months

Pistorius 'is in holding cells'

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius is no longer a free man. He has been separated from his legal team and family. The "blade-runner" is now in the holding cells here at the North Gauteng High Court. He will possibly be transferred to Pretoria Central Prison, now known as Kgosi Mampuru II.

Public opinion outside the court building was varied. Some believe the athlete got a lighter sentence, saying it sends the wrong message to society, in light of an increase in domestic violence cases in the country. Others thought the sentence was fair.

Oscar Pistorius after sentence is handed down

Oscar Pistorius, 21 October 2014

Reeva Steenkamp's mother listens in court

June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva, 21 October 2014

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June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, says justice has been served. Asked as she left court about Pistorius's sentence for killing her daughter, she replied: "It doesn't matter, he's going to pay something."

The sentencing hearing is over and the court is gradually emptying out. Judge Masipa has thanked everyone for their conduct.

Andrew Harding

Africa correspondent

tweets: #OscarPistorius walks round to stairs behind him. No expression. Shakes hand with Uncle Arnold, and disappears down into the cells.

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Rahat Hussain emails: I believe Oscar got off very lightly with his sentence.. However he does look like a broken man, only he knows what truly happened that night.

Karin Giannone

BBC News

tweets: Experts: #OscarPistorius will need to serve at least 1/6th of the 5 year term before being considered for home detention

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Rob Allan emails: I think all things considered the judge has got the sentence about right.