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Oscar Pistorious Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison



The Judge Reaches Her Verdict In The Trial Of Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorious has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for the fatal shooting of then girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who issued the ruling in a Pretoria court, also gave him a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge, BBC reports.

In accordance with South African law,  he will have to serve a minimum of one-sixth of his sentence, which is 10 months, to be eligible for parole.

His defense is appealing to have Pistorious serve a portion of the sentence under house arrest. It is presently unclear whether that request will be granted.

He has been moved to a holding cell at North Gauteng High Court, and may be moved later to Pretoria Central Prison.

“I’m not afraid to go to jail,” Pistorious said to CNN a few days ago. He expressed his intention to start a gym and/or teach people how to read while in prison.


  1. Gratia

    October 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

    5 years only?
    Anyway I blame girls that are friends with psychos.

    whatever rocks their boat sha!

    • C'est moi

      October 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Never blame the victim! Wth is wrong with you?

    • Ruth Darragh

      October 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      you reap what you sow in this life!

  2. Bella

    October 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Shame poor thing, you cant help but feel empathy for decisions taken in anger. I feel for him, especially after reading the entire history on the numbers’ gang in south African prisons. what will become of him? serious matter. Lesson to be learnt, love is free, never by force.

  3. monisola mahmoud

    October 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

    5 yrs is not enough for what this man did! God dey, ur punishment dey wait u

    • C'est moi

      October 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

      But God would forgive him wholeheartedly even prepare a banquet and rejoice that the sinner has repented.
      I’m sure so many will be shocked to find they’ll be sharing heaven with their murderers, rapists and all manners of nasty people all in the name of repentence.

    • Tajiri

      October 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      He said ts nt his wish was an accident.


    October 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

    5 years only while Reeva has been sentenced to eternity in the grave.

  5. pretti

    October 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

    hmm interesting, good for him, at least others will learn form it.

  6. sweet jeyne

    October 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

    it should have been life imprison 99years

  7. sayo.

    October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I just want to know….will an ordinary man in the streets be given the same sentence? and not be excecuted for stealing ordinary goat? is this the kind of justice we want for our people? when we say no man is above the law but there’s clearly different sentences and punishment for the rich and popular and for the poor. God dey sha

    • Bruce

      October 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Sayo didn’t you know the rich make “mistakes” and the poor commit murder!!.. No justice at all..

  8. Spirit

    October 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    He should consider himself lucky. He has gotten away with a very light sentence. Karma will catch up with him OJ Simpson style.

  9. missy J

    October 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    So many Oscars in the news today.

  10. Fabulicious

    October 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

    “You are not afraid abi”.You better be.I can’t believe its just 5 yrs and probably after 10months,these confused people will declare him eligible for parole….mtchewww.Just sad.

  11. Omoté

    October 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Totally disappointed n bitter! 5years n eligible 4 parole after 10 months??? What can I say, after all he’s South Africa’s golden boy with no legs. He just got away with murder.

  12. papermoon

    October 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    i cant really place my feeling about the sentence. A girl with her life ahead of her has died in cold blood however here is a young man who is alive, seems to have genuinely regretted his actions, has achieved so much for his society and seem to have some more to offer to the world if we let him, despite his tantrums and excesses. I hope the sentence is a good balance for what the girls family has lost and who oscar has become.

    • Suwa

      October 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      good balance??? just shutup!! 5 years vs death???? its a balance to you???? no wonder u r papermoon

    • papermoon

      October 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Suwa my dear, are you BOKO HARAM or ISIS, why are you intolerant of my views? next time, state your views and move on and the world will be a better place. bellanaija, post my comment!!!

  13. AAA Events & Design

    October 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    5 years jail sentence is not fair jor ..

  14. @edDREAMZ

    October 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    His just lucky am not the judge bcos he will never see the light of day again….

  15. keziah

    October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I am dumbfounded by some of the comments made in regards to this sentence, like seriously!. He killed her (accident my backside) took more than a year to sentence him and after all the waiting he gets 5 years, and I am sure that he wont spend the whole 5 years. He will spend probably quarter of his sentence after which he will write and publish books about his struggles and how the case ruined his life and career, find another woman to start his life with and move on with is life. I am disappointed and .appalled by the injustice served in this case. RIP Reeva.

  16. ethel

    October 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    well i for one am happy the trial is over,the longer it take the more difficult it is for reeva family to move on,i whod have love for him to get @least 10yrs but then again am only human.what’s done is done,no mata the amount of yrs given to ocars even if it pls some pple it still won’t bring back the cute blonde reeva back.i feel so sorry for her and her families,but vengeance and judgment is for God. i do not fink the judge was being unfair or whateva cus am not a judge.imagine if his fate where to be in the hands of the world.he he whod have gotten the death any case in this life may facts always prevail before sentiments.

  17. Ruth Darragh

    October 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm


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