Judge Masipa has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to six years’ imprisonment for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
She said there were “substantial and compelling reasons” to deviate from the 15-year minimum sentence for murder, citing as one factor the continuing misperception that Pistorius had intended to kill his girlfriend.
Pistorius has been taken down to the cells.
The courtroom is very quiet. Reporters in the room say there has been little visible reaction from the Steenkamp family, who are there.
But Pistorius’ sister Aimee has left the court in tears.
Masipa left the courtroom swiftly after delivering the sentence but said she would be available to hear an appeal today if that was required.
Previous reports have said that an appeal would not be available to Pistorius, but that it might be possible for the state to argue against a sentence if it thought it was too lenient.