The shameful, soap opera nature of Oscar Pistorius's trial has come to a confused climax on Twitter as the disgraced athlete was sentenced to five years in prison this morning.
Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide - not murder - with prosecutors protesting that he should serve 10 years in prison.
The press scrum surrounding Pistorius as he exited the Pretoria High Court this morning was echoed by indignant reaction onlines, with the #NoJustice and #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence hashtags trending in the UK, as well as various misspellings of Pisotrius' name, the most common being 'Oscar Pistorious'.
The outrage was also salted with a fair measure of confusion as reporters were misled by Judge Thokozile Masipa’s one-hour verdict.
Judge Masipa's decision to spell out the details of previous judgements apparently led some news outlets to believe Pistorius had been sentenced to three years, not five - with publications including the Daily Mail leaping on the first verdict they heard, even if it was just hypothetical.
Numerous outlets tweeted the "three years imprisonment" line before hastily deleting it, creating further outrage among those who thought Pistorius's sentence had been too short.
Pistorius’s own defence team also came under fire after claiming that the disgraced athlete will spend no more than a year behind bars, serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest.
Here’s a selection of some of the comments online:
Poor Reeva Steenkamp+ family. #nojustice for her murder!Pistorius will spend all of 10 months inside,the poor girl has been dead for longer.— martina crocombe (@MartinaCrocombe) October 21, 2014
Well the Judge has well and truly taken the Pistorius #nojustice
— Chevy Kelly (@chevkelly) October 21, 2014
And for those gathering under the (slightly) wrong banner:
he will only serve 1/6 of his sentence - 10 months. Absolute joke! No justice at all ... Got away with murder #pistorioustrial— MissHollieRossiter (@hollierossiter) October 21, 2014
Five years? I’ve spent more time on the toilet than that. Obviously not on Pistorious’s toilet though. #pistorioustrial— James (@_StifflersDad) October 21, 2014
And some from the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence hashtag:
#ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence The sentence you'll get for growing Marijuana in your backyard as opposed to killing someone.— ***Grandt™ (@Grandt95) October 21, 2014
This HashTag is way longer #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence"— The Paradox (@N0Limitz) October 21, 2014
Many of those expressing disgust at the verdict are also comparing the five year sentence with the "worth" of Steenkamp's life. As The Independent's Christopher Hooton points out, this sort of logic can be dangerous.Reuse content