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(SP)SOUTH AFRICA-PRETORIA-OSCAR PISTORIUS-TRIALSouth African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was  sentenced by a Pretoria court to five years in jail for the culpable homicide death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was sentenced at the Pretoria High Court by Judge Thokozile Masipa, the Independent Online reported.

On Sep 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse.

The court found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm, and head.

Pistorius was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

Further, he was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein Sep 30, 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.

Pistorius was taken to prison after the sentencing.

The family of slain model Reeva Steenkamp  welcomed the sentencing of South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to up to five years in jail for the death of their daughter.

Steenkamp’s father Barry said he was “very glad” the seven-month trial was over, Independent Online reported.

The Steenkamps’ lawyer, Dup de Bruyn said that the sentence Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down would likely be served as two years in prison and three years under house arrest.

“In effect he gets three years’ correctional supervision and two years’ direct imprisonment,” De Bruyn said.

Steenkamp’s mother, June turned to a family friend, Gina Myers, to thank her for her steadfast support throughout the trial before leaving the courtroom.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress’s (ANC) Women’s League said that Pistorius’s sentence signalled a sad day for women in South Africa.

“We are saddened by the judgment, we have never been happy with the conviction of culpable homicide, instead of murder,” ANC Women’s League spokeswoman Jacqui Mofokeng said.

“We call for the national prosecutions to appeal this sentence.”

She said Pistorius could be out within 18 months.

“If he serves 18 months, he could be out soon after that, while Reeva is not here, women are saddened by this.”

Pistorius was also sentenced to three years for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

Further, he was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein Sep 30, 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition.

Pistorius was taken to prison after the sentencing.

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