Oscar Pistorius is behind bars, reportedly at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, beginning a five-year jail sentence for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has given Pistorius a five-year prison sentence, telling him:
I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send a wrong message to the community. On the other hand, a long sentence would not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.
She also handed down a three-year sentence for negligently discharging a firearm in a crowded restaurant, wholly suspended and to be served concurrently.
The judge said house arrest and community service – proposed by two defence witnesses in mitigation – would not be appropriate for Pistorius, who "deliberately fired four shots into the door".
But the judge acknowledged that there would be many who disagreed with her ruling:
Society cannot always get what they want. Courts do not exist for a popularity contest but only to dispense justice … The general public may not even know the difference between punishment and vengeance.
Masipa described Reeva Steenkamp as:
Young, vivacious and full of life … a promising young woman who cared deeply for family, who was full of hope for the future, and lived life to the full. The loss of life cannot be reversed. Nothing I do or say today can reverse what happened to the deceased and to her family. Hopefully this sentence shall provide some sort of closure to the family … so they can move on with their lives.
Steenkamp's parents said they were satisfied with the sentence. But June Steenkamp, her mother, said there would not be closure, "unless you can magic her back". Her father Barry said: "I'm pleased that it's over."