Eighteen months after her death, justice is being served in the tragic, unfortunate death of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp. 27-year-old Oscar Pistorius, while found innocent of her death, was found guilty of culpable homicide. He was sentenced on 21st October to 5 years behind bars.
Under South African law, “culpable homicide” implies that a person was killed by accident, but unlawfully.” It was the defense’s claim that Pistorius shot Reeve as he thought she was an intruder in his home in spite of his admission that he had spoken to Reeva moments prior.
After serving 10 months, Pistorius’s legal team might appeal that he be placed under “correctional supervision.” In Pistorius’s case, this possibly means house arrest.
Pistorius was as well given a 3-year sentence for irresponsible endangerment in the use of his firearm, but the sentence was suspended for 5 years “on condition he isn’t found guilty of another crime where there is carelessness that involved a weapon during that period.”
That charge had nothing at all to do with the death of Reeva; however, was in reference to the time Pistorius shot his gun under the table of a busy restaurant, a month before the shooting death of Reeva.
Dup De Bruyn, who is the Steenkamp family lawyer, revealed that the Steenkamp family is satisfied. They are pleased it’s over and are content that justice had been done.
Pistorius will continue to be treated in prison for his mental health issues; his physical disability was ruled a surmountable challenge while behind bars.
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