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>> Mr. Pistorius, please rise.>> The case that's had us all gripped. On Wednesday, it reached its final conclusion.>> In that is vowed, the sentence that I impose on the accused for the murder jolus ivan shalis, of the deceased, that is Reeva Steenkamp, is six years imprisonment.
>> The South African para Olympic gold medalist led off to jail immediately for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. The state and large sections of the South African public are likely to be disappointed by the six years jail time. They have been calling for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15 year sentence for murder, saying Pistorius had shown no remorse for the killing.
The judge disagreed, accepting the defense's arguments a lesser punishment. Reuters TJ Strydom is at the courthouse.>> The sentence was surprising because South African law prescribes a 15 year minimum sentence. But Judge Masipa deviated from the sentence taking into account Pistorious's disability. Masipa also took into account perceptions created in the media after the prosecution, who started the case two years ago against Pistorius, accused the Paralympian of having an argument with Steenkamp the night before.
>> Some rights groups say the athlete has received preferential treatment because of his status and wealth. The 29 year old has argued that he fired four shots into the door of the toilet cubicle at his home under mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it. Steenkamp's family have always maintained that Pistorius must pay for what he did.
A rising star's life and career now in ruins.