That moment when the world has been waiting for the final judgement on a murder case that happened Feb 14th 2013 (Lovers day turns deadly for One).
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa judged the case in order to strike a balance between Mercy and Retribution, which she explained if given a long sentence it would lack “Mercy,” while a more lenient sentence would “send the wrong message to the community but at the same time the courts do not exist to win popularity contests.”
She further explained “It would be a sad day for this country(South Africa) if an impression was created that there is one law for the poor and disadvantaged and another for the rich and famous,”
“Righteous anger should not cloud judgment.” - Judge Masipa.
"Unlike similar cases involving negligence, Mr. Pistorius knew that someone was behind the door and his aim was to shoot the intruder. He was trained in the use of firearms, which imposed a high degree of responsibility on him. The toilet was a small cubicle. An intruder would have had no room to maneuver or escape, Such was the degree of negligence that a noncustodial sentence “would not be appropriate,” the judge said.
Judge Masipa spent 65 minutes summing up her decision before sentencing the 27years-old Athlete Oscar Pistorius to 5 years in prison today (21st October 2014).
The family of Reeva Steenkamps said they are "Satisfied with the ruling" even though they have forgiven him a long time ago while Oscar's family said they have no intention to appeal.
According to reports Pistorius will only serve 10 months out of the 5 years but will be placed on house arrest, virtually since the moment of the shooting, Mr. Pistorius has been free on bail, living in the luxurious mansion of his uncle Arnold Pistorius. But for now, Martin Hood, a South African lawyer, told Sky News, Mr. Pistorius is a sentenced prisoner and will spend the night in a cell at Pretoria’s main prison.
“It’s going to be a cold, harsh reality for him tonight,” Mr. Hood said.
Let's not forget this trail was supposed to have lasted three weeks after it was opened in March(2014) however due to Crying and Emotions from Oscar Pistorius it lasted almost 7 months Phew!!!.
For sure the South African athlete star will miss the Next Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro 2016 kicking off 5th August - 21st August even though he's spent 10 months in Jail but should be free before Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Reeva Steenkamps was 29 before she died from multiple gun shots to her head and body, may her soul rest in peace. Justice has been Made.