Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Manslaughter
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of Reeva Steenkamp – but he could serve just 10 months in jail before being held under house arrest.
Pistorius killed his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he shot Miss Steenkamp, who was 29, through the bathroom door at his home in Pretoria.
Even if the 27-year-old is released from prison early, the International Paralympic Committee has confirmed he will not be permitted to compete at any of their events for five years. This rules Pistorius out of running at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics but he could return for Tokyo 2020.
(South African police escort Oscar Pistorius (left) to prison in the back of an armoured vehicle)
(Pistorius enters the armoured vehicle, which took him to Kgosi Mampuru II prison, formerly Pretoria Central)
(Pistorius pictured in November 2012 with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead in their home)
This would change if Pistorius appealed against Judge Thokozile Masipa’s punishment and was handed a shorter sentence, but the IPC confirmed it is currently impossible for the athlete to compete in Rio.
Craig Spence, spokesman for the IPC, said: ‘It’s five years, 2019 is where we stand on it.
‘The only way he could compete earlier is if he or his team appealed and got a lesser sentence.’
The International Olympic Committee were more equivocal about Pistorius being allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes in Rio in 2016 or Tokyo four years later.
‘We take note of the court’s decision,’ said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. ‘This is a human tragedy for the family of Reeva Steenkamp and also for Oscar Pistorius. We hope very much that time will bring comfort to all those concerned but at this stage we have no further comment to make.’
Pistorius’ selection would first need to be ratified by the IAAF – athletics’ world governing body – before reaching the IOC.
The amputee athlete, known as the Blade Runner, stood staring straight ahead as Judge Masipa announced his sentence for killing the model. Pistorius always argued that he thought he was firing at intruders into his home.
[via The Daily Mail]