In July 2016, Judge Masipa handed down a six-year prison sentence for murder. She explained her apparent clemency by saying that Mr Pistorius had shown genuine remorse when he tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to personally apologise to Ms Steenkamp`s family. Many legal analysts expected a longer sentence. The trial commenced on 3 March 2014 in the Pretoria High Court. There was no jury, as the jury system was abolished in South Africa during apartheid. [34] The trial was assigned to Judge Thokozile Masipa,[35] who appointed two assessors, Janette Henzen du Toit and Themba Mazibuko,[36] to assist in assessing the case and reaching a verdict. [37] In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius was also charged with illegal possession of ammunition and twice for firing a weapon in public spaces. [38] [39] [40] [41] The verdict is probably the end of Pistorius` legal possibilities. “Pistorius` lawyers have only one way if they want to challenge the Supreme Court`s new decision, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, South Africa`s highest court,” the AP said. “Pistorius failed last year with an appeal to the Constitutional Court challenging his murder conviction.” “This is the end of the road.

There are no other legal options,” national prosecutor Luvuyo Mfaku, spokesman for the national prosecutor`s office, told AFP, welcoming the decision. The sentence – five years in prison, only one of which was served before the athlete was released on bail – sparked outrage among anti-rape and domestic violence campaigners in South Africa and surprise among many legal experts. The trial judge was criticized for failing to answer the central legal question of whether a reasonable person should have foreseen that firing so many bullets through a door was likely to result in death, regardless of who was suspected of being on the other side. She said Pistorius had “taken no steps to avoid death,”[117] “acting too hastily and using excessive force” and that his actions were clearly negligent. [116] [121] [120] [122] On September 12, the judge found Pistorius guilty not of murder, but of the culpable murder of Steenkamp and negligent endangerment with a firearm in a restaurant in another incident. He was found not guilty of discharging a firearm through the sunroof of a car and possessing illegal ammunition. [13] [116] [121] [123] The trial was rendered on the 13th. In October 2014, Pistorius received an extension of his bail. [124] His legal team and prosecution argued in court about the length of his sentence.

Tens of millions of people around the world followed Pistorius` trial in 2014. Almost every minute of more than 40 days of psychological drama, intense emotions, police proceedings and legal battles has been broadcast live on South African television and massively amplified by social media. Initially convicted only of negligent homicide or manslaughter under British law and sentenced to five years in prison, he was convicted of murder following an appeal by prosecutors last year. The former athlete has exhausted almost all legal options available to him. A subsequent attempt by Pistorius` legal team to appeal the murder conviction was blocked in March by the Constitutional Court, South Africa`s highest judicial authority. South Africa`s highest court has rejected Oscar Pistorius` request to appeal his 13-year prison sentence, ending the long legal battle over his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend in 2013. At his sentencing in June, Pistorius limped across the court without his prosthetic legs, crying as defense attorney Barry Roux argued he was a broken man who deserved clemency. On October 27, 2014, prosecutor Nathi Mncube confirmed that the prosecution would appeal both the verdict and the verdict because Masipa had misinterpreted the law when she acquitted Pistorius of murder for not intentionally shooting Steenkamp. [152] [153] [154] [155] On December 10, 2014, Masipa allowed the prosecution to appeal the acquittal of murder, but not the five-year prison sentence imposed on the lesser charge of negligent murder. [156] [157] On March 13, 2015, Masipa denied the defense`s request to prevent the prosecution from appealing the guilty verdict for murder. She said this would amount to a review of her own decision to allow the appeal. [158] However, prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known as the “Bull Terrier” for his aggressive interrogations,[100] claimed that Pistorius had shown no remorse and accused Pistorius of “getting emotional (in court) because you are frustrated because his version [of events] is unlikely.” [101] [102] Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner because of his prosthetic legs, was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2016.

In his defence, Mr. Pistorius alleged that he accidentally shot Ms Steenkamp by firing four bullets through a bathroom door, believing an intruder had broken into her high-end villa in Pretoria. It was only when he broke down the door, he said at his trial, that he discovered that he had shot Ms. Steenkamp. Aside from an appeal, it will be the final verdict in a saga that began when Pistorius fired four bullets through his bathroom door on that fateful February morning in 2013. In addition, Barry and June Steenkamp want a face-to-face meeting with Pistorius before he is considered for early release from prison, as is their right under South Africa`s victim-perpetrator dialogue policy. The Steenkamps have already said they want to challenge Pistorius why he shot their daughter, and they will do so, with victim-perpetrator meetings aimed at achieving some sort of fence for the families of crime victims. The judge found that there was no evidence that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp, but found him guilty of the lesser crime of culpable homicide because he had “acted too hastily and used excessive force.” On 8 June 2015, South African Commissioner of Corrections Zach Modise stated that the Prison Case Management Committee had recommended that Pistorius be released under prison supervision on 21 August 2015 after serving one-sixth of his sentence. [137] This release was based on his good behaviour and the fact that he is not considered a danger to the community. Pistorius would remain under house arrest and correctional supervision and may be required to perform community service as part of his continued sentence.

Regardless of his release from prison, Pistorius was not allowed to return to official sports competitions until the five-year sentence expired. [138] The Court of Appeal ruled that Pistorius must have known that he was likely to kill someone and quashed the sentence of manslaughter.