After the court announced yesterday the Oscar Pistorius sentence of 5 years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the parents of the victim said that they are “satisfied” with the judges’ decision. Reeva Steenkamp’s parents Barry and June Steenkamp made an official statement on the “Good Morning Britain” broadcast show, saying that although there is still a “big missing piece of the puzzle” in the murder of their daughter, they will accept the five-year prison sentence announced yesterday.
The victim’s parents said that they are trying to come to terms with what Oscar Pistorius did but that they will try to accept the judge’s decision of sending Pistorius to serve 5 years in a South African prison. The parents of the victim said that:
“It’s not that we want vengeance or anything or him to suffer with his disabilities, but at the same time we feel satisfied that he will realize now that you can’t go around doing things like that. We have gone along with the judge and her decision. Only Oscar knows whether that sentence is acceptable to him; I’ve got my feelings to the whole thing but we do accept what the judge handed down.”
Oscar Pistorius became known as the double amputee medal-winning athlete. He was convicted of killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius said that he never intended to shoot his girlfriend because he didn’t know it was her, as he mistook her for an intruder. Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend four times through the bathroom door and killed her. The judge convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide and cleared him of murder. Pistorius was found guilty of negligent killing but the victim’s parents don’t think he killed their daughter by mistake. The victim’s parents talked about the problems Pistorius and his girlfriend were having, saying that their daughter told them Pistorius was often angry with her and treated her badly.
Oscar Pistorius has started his five-year sentence in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison.
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The murder trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius, the paralympian accused of murdering his girlfriend, resumes on Monday after a month of mental evaluations to determine if an anxiety disorder could have influenced his actions the night he killed his girlfriend.
The presiding judge is expected to receive reports from the three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist who tested the Olympic athlete. The evaluation was ordered after a psychiatrist testified for the defense that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013.
Pistorius has denied the murder charges and said that he shot Steenkamp mistaking her for an intruder who had entered his house through the toilet window but the state insisted that it was pre-meditated murder.
The prosecutor has charged that Pistorius killed the 29 year old model after an argument. Pistorius is known as the ‘blade runner’ for his carbon fiber prosthetic legs. He was the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics at the 2012 games in London.
If found guilty of murder, Pistorius could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of that charge, the court will consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could receive about 15 years in prison.
The state applied to have Pistorius referred for mental observation after a defence witness diagnosed the athlete with a general anxiety disorder (GAD).
Pistorius’s attorney, Brian Webber, said on Friday that the evaluation was complete and they were ready to go back to court Monday.
“If they diagnose a serious mental illness, Pistorius may get admitted to psychiatric hospital indefinitely”, said Sean Kaliski, a forensic psychiatrist who conducts hundreds of medical assessments annually at Valkenberg Hospital, a facility outside Cape Town.
But it is highly unlikely that a relatively minor disorder such as a generalised anxiety could have an impact on sentencing in a murder trial, said Kaliski.