South Africa: Judge Thokozile Masipa sent the 27-year-old to prison despite his lawyers arguing that he should be sentenced to a house arrest Oscar Pistorius was today jailed for five after shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through his bathroom door.
Judge Thokozile Masipa sent the 27-year-old Paralympian to prison despite his lawyers arguing that he should be sentenced to a house arrest.
Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide for killing Reeva – and last week prosecutors said he should be jailed for at least ten years.
Despite being jailed today however, Pistorius can still rely on the support from his family.
Carl and Aimee Pistorius said they would support their famous brother, “regardless of the outcome” of today’s hearing.
In an interview with ITV News, Aimee Pistorius said last night: “I do not doubt my brother at all. I have the privileged position of knowing his strengths and his faults, as you do when you are close as we are.
“When I first heard what happened my first reaction was shock and devastation and extreme heartache.
“My first thoughts were that – knowing my brother, the kind of person he is and his fears – he must have thought it was an intruder.
“(I thought that) before I even knew any of the facts. I saw two people who really just adored each other and had a fantastic friendship.
They were a good match, they were both strong people.”
Carl Pistorius told ITV: “We cannot speculate ahead of sentencing. But what I do know for certain is that regardless of the outcome the three of us will stand together and continue to stand together like we always have.
“Oscar is genuine. What you see is what you get – he’s real.”
Pistorius killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot through the bathroom door and into Ms Steenkamp.
The athlete, who had his legs amputated as a baby, said he thought he was firing at intruders.
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