Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murder of Reeva Steenkamp
Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison (Picture: AP)

The former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for six years for the murder of his girlfriend three years ago.

Pistorius, aged 29, served nine months of a five-year sentence for manslaughter for the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in February 2013 before the state appealed the verdict.

Today at a court in Pretoria, Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years.

‘I have taken the view that mitigating circumstances outweigh the aggravating factors,’ said Judge Masipa.

‘A long term of imprisonment will not serve justice in this matter.’

South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) holds his sister Aimee Pistorius (4th R) as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 after beeing sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius holds his sister Aimee (Picture: Getty Images)

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June (C) and her father Barry (back C) arrive at the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 for the hearing of Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will learn on July 6 how long he will spend in jail when a judge sentences him for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

June and her father Barry Steenkamp in court today (Picture: Getty Images)

The sentencing may not be the end of the Pistorius case as both the prosecution and the defence have the right to appeal.

Last month during a pre-sentence hearing, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist walked across the court without his prosthetic legs to illustrate his vulnerability, which his legal team argue is a mitigating factor. They also point to his remorse over the shooting, the BBC reports. The former athlete’s psychologist Jonathan Scholtz said in report that Pistorius was a ‘broken man’ who should not be jailed for the murder of his girlfriend.

‘In my opinion his current condition warrants hospitalisation,’ Scholtz said, adding that Pistorius was ‘not in the right frame of mind’ to testify.

A picture taken on January 26, 2013 shows Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar

Critics of Oscar Pistorius say he has shown no remorse for the murder and only ‘feels sorry for himself’ (Picture: WALDO SWIEGERS/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Since 2013, he becomes traumatised when he hears the sound of gunfire,’ Scholtz said. ‘He never wants to touch a firearm again.’

Critics of Pistorius, meanwhile, say that Pistorius has shown little remorse.

'The smell of death hung over the door. I can still taste the blood': Police photographer reveals how the gruesome crime scene still haunts him two years after Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp Morne du Toit arrived at villa in Pretoria just after Miss Steenkamp's death He was tasked with documenting the horrific blood-splattered crime scene Photographer now suffers from PTSD, saying he is 'haunted' by memories Left his job three weeks after the killing and hasn't been able to work since Pistorius shot and killed Miss Steenkamp on Valentine's Day morning, 2013 By JOHN HALL FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 09:13, 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:09, 21 July 2015 1k shares 149 View comments The police photographer tasked with documenting Reeva Steenkamp's death scene has revealed how he can 'still taste the blood' that hung in the air at house where she was killed. Morne du Toit was one of several official police photographers called to Pretoria's Silverwoods Country Estate on Valentine's Day 2013 after Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend. Suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder, du Toit said the killing still haunts him day and night, adding that he struggles to put the 'distinct smell of death at the front door' our of his mind. South African Paralympian Pistorius is currently serving a five year prison sentence after being convicted in October of the culpable homicide of his model girlfriend following a seven-month trial. Scroll down for video Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3169193/The-smell-death-hung-door-taste-blood-Police-photographer-reveals-gruesome-crime-scene-haunts-two-years-Oscar-Pistorius-shot-Reeva-Steenkamp.html#ixzz46RMYzm6n Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

A police photograph of the crime scene and the cricket bat Pistorius used to break down the door after he had shot Reeva (Picture: South African Police Service)

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Scholtz’s assertion that Pistorius was not fit to testify, saying he had given an hour-long TV interview.

Nel told the court Pistorius had shown no remorse for the murder, and that he only ‘feels sorry for himself’.

The interview, which was broadcast on ITV a fortnight ago, saw Pistorius give his version of the events, accompanied by a dramatic reconstruction and punctuated with sobbing fits.

Critics say it was insulting to the family of Ms Steenkamp.

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