Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison.
The former Paralympian - who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013 - arrived in court expecting to receive a minimum of 15 years behind bars.
His lawyers argued that his physical disability and mental stress should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence - and judge Thokozile Masipa carefully considered the role of his disability in the killing.
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Masipa, according to the Mirror, said she needed to find “substantial and compelling circumstances” not to impose a 15-year sentence.
Fifteen years is the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa - although the sentence could have been reduced if the judge ruled that Pistorius’ disability has impacted his mental state.
Pistorius has suffered “humiliating” experiences
Masipa accepted that Pistorius had suffered “traumatic and humiliating” experiences behind bars, while professor Jonathan Scholtz revealed last month that the 29-year-old has been left “broken” by the events of the past few years.
The former Paralympian is currently on medication for depression, anxiety and insomnia.
“One would describe him as broken,” Scholtz commented. “In my opinion his current condition warrants hospitalisation.
“Since 2013, he becomes traumatised when he hears the sound of gunfire.
“He never wants to touch a firearm again.”
Pistorius tried to contact Steenkamp family
Steenkamp’s mother June and father Barry were present at the High Court in Pretoria to watch Pistorus’s re-sentencing.
Masipa revealed that Pistorius had tried to contact the Steenkamp family following Reeva’s death but his attempts were knocked back.
“Following his release the accused tried to approach the family once again without success, but the Steenkamp’s were not yet ready to meet the accused,” the judge said. “It is my view that it must be one of the most difficult things for the accused to do, to meet the family of the deceased.”
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