Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment for culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year. He was also given a three-year sentence on a firearms charge, but it was suspended.
Judge Masipa has pssed the following judgements on Osca Pistorius:
Opening the session, Judge Thokozile Masipa emphasized that the decision on sentencing would be “mine and mine alone.”
She pointed out that sentencing is not an exact science but relies on an assessment of elements including the nature and seriousness of the crime, the personal circumstances of the accused and the interests of society.
She must also take into account the factors in sentencing of retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation.
In any case, she said, “sentencing is about achieving the right balance.”
Pistorius’ defense has called for a sentence of house arrest and community service, rather than the prison term demanded by the prosecution.