Oscar Pistorius: The sentencing in pictures 

The former Paralympian has been jailed for five years

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The Independent Online

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The disgraced runner, who was the first double amputee to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics, was found guilty of culpable homicide, the South African equivalent of manslaughter, at the end of a seven-month trial last month.

Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced him to five years for the killing and an additional three years in prison, suspended, on a second count of a firearm contravention.

The 27-year-old's journey from being the celebrated “Blade Runner” to standing trial for shooting his girlfriend dead has captivated the world.

Today's outcome at Pretoria High Court is likely to be controversial and there is already speculation he could be released early.

Pistorius' lawyers had argued he would not be safe in any prison, which may have insufficient facilities for his disability, while prosecutors said anything less than a jail sentence would be “shockingly inappropriate” for his crime.