'A fallen hero': Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years for the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp
* Orginal trial judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the athlete to six years in prison
* Pistorius will not appeal the sentence - lawyers
* He will serve between half and two thirds of the sentence before he can apply for parole
* Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp dead in his luxurious home early on Valentine's Day in 2013
* The state had argued for him to receive no less than the minimum 15-year sentence for murder
Published 06/07/2016 | 09:33
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius (29) was found guilty of murdering Steenkamp by an appeals court last December.
The six-time Paralympic gold medallist, dressed in a dark suit, gave no reaction in court today when the sentence was delivered. He was taken to prison almost immediately.
Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door in his luxurious home early on Valentine's Day in 2013.
He will not appeal the sentence delivered today, his defense team has said.
Pistorius will serve "between half and two thirds of the sentence" before he can apply for parole, Andrew Fawcett, Pistorius' instructing attorney said.
The state had said Pistorius had shown no remorse and called for him to receive no less than the minimum 15-year sentence for murder. However, as the original trial judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the sentence today, she said she would sentence him to less than that.
"Public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court," the High Court judge said.
In reading out the sentence, Judge Masipa said Pistorius was a "fallen hero".
She said that although the Steenkamp family had suffered great loss, Pistorius' life and career was also in ruins.
"The life of the accused shall also never be the same. He is a fallen hero and can never be at peace," she said.
Pistorius arrived in court for sentencing at around 8.20am today. Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, sat on a bench on the other side of the courtroom.
He had initially received a five-year sentence for a manslaughter conviction in 2014.
He was freed from prison last October after almost a year behind bars to serve out the remainder of his term under house arrest at his uncle's house in a wealthy suburb of the capital.
The athlete had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby and his lawyers had argued that his disability and mental stress should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence.
Some rights groups have said Pistorius, a wealthy white man and international celebrity, has received preferential treatment compared to others without his status or wealth.
He argued that he fired four shots into the door of a toilet cubicle at his luxury Pretoria home in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.
Outside the court, a group of people held up placards backing the athlete. One read: "Give Oscar his freedom back please".