World: South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool) - Credit: AP

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

The amputee athlete, known as the Blade Runner, stood staring straight ahead as Judge Thokozile Masipa announced his sentence for killing the model.

Pistorius, 27, was also given three years suspended for five years for a firearms offence.

The judge handed down an immediate prison term for the charge of culpable homicide, saying she believed a non-custodial sentence would “send the wrong message to the community”.

Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of February 14, last year when he shot her through the bathroom door at his home in Pretoria. He insisted he thought he was firing at an intruder.

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