South African athlete and gun owner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the “culpable homicide” of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp today. In addition, the judge Thokozile Masipa also handed Pistorius three years suspended sentence for a firearms charge.
In all due to over-crowding and various other legal bollocks, Oscar will probably only serve around 10 months in prison according to his defence lawyers.
Apparently this is all part of a careful, diplomatic case in the eyes of the international media where South Africa’s massive prison over-crowding was expected to result in potentially no sentence for Pistorius in a country with an exceptionally high rate of violent crime.
In the end the judge decided that it was important to balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. She also side-eyed Oscar’s defence team for putting such an emphasis on his disability saying that the whole “BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE NO LEGS YOUR HONOUR!!!!!” line gave her a “feeling of unease”.
The judge added: “It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged, and another for the rich and famous.”
The Paralympic committee also said he wouldn’t be allowed to compete for five years even if had an early release.
I dont know what I’m supposed to think here, but I get the feeling if i shot my date through a door because I got all confused and panicky like, I’d probably be looking at a little more than ten fucking months in prison. Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend and she died, even if he’s super sorry, even if he shot her in a moment of rage rather than a moment of panic, he shot the girl dead! Who the fuck does that?!
The fact remains that Oscar Pistorius was shooting at his bathroom door with the intention to kill whoever was in there, the fact that it didn’t turn out to be who he thought it was (allegedly) is immaterial, he was shooting at the door as if to kill the person inside. If that person came out and had a fucking knife or some shit, sure, shoot to save your ass, but for all he knew it could have been Christina Aguilera hiding from her fat bullies.
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