Olympian Oscar Pistorius Jailed For Six Years For Killing Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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5:47 pm 6 Jul, 2016

South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to jail for six years.

The double-amputee runner was accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp back in 2013 and was facing a possible jail term of 15 years.

 

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Oscar Pistorious with girlfriend/victim Reeva Steenkamp. NBC News

But looking at the fact that there was substantial evidence pointing towards ‘compelling circumstances’, Pistorious was given a lenient sentence.


Pistorius, on February 14, 2013, had accidentally shot Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door.

 

He claimed that he had mistaken her for an intruder, while prosecutors claimed that he had intentionally killed his girlfriend after an argument.

Pistorius initially served a year in jail for manslaughter but his conviction was later changed to murder by South Africa’s Supreme Court.

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