Oscar Pistorius handed a six-year prison sentence for murder


Former Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius has been given a six-year prison sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The 29 year-old shot Miss Steenkamp four times through a toilet door on Valentine's Day, using the defence that he thought she was an intruder.

After initially receiving a term for manslaughter, the case was reviewed and updated to murder, in order to impose a tougher punishment on Pistorius.

Judge Thokozile Masipa made reference to the circumstances of all involved when handing down the only slightly tougher sentence, which should mean Pistorius is eligible for release no earlier than 2019.

Pistorius has already served one-year of his manslaughter conviction and had faced a minimum term of 15 years until Masipa's judgement on the case.

Oscar's brother Carl has his reaction to the proceedings and declared that, 'justice had been done' by Masipa, whom he also described as a 'remarkable and wise woman.'