Oscar Pistorius sentenced 6 years imprisonment for murder of girlfriend
“I find that there are substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence,” Judge Thokozile Masipa said.
She said he was a good candidate for rehabilitation.
Masipa took defence lawyer Barry Roux’s side in his argument that a wrong perception had been created that Pistorius was the strong, capable athlete when he shot and killed Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.
The court had a duty to correct this perception, she said.
Roux had argued that Pistorius was vulnerable, 1.50m tall on his stumps, in the dark at 03:00 that morning when he killed Steenkamp.