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#ThingsLongerThanPistoriusSentencing hashtag sweeps Twitter

THE sentencing of Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison over shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, has been met with a mix of disbelief and fury on Twitter, accumulating in the hashtag: #ThingsLongerThanPistoriusSentencing hashtag.

He has also been sentenced to an additional three years in prison, wholly suspended, on the second count of a firearm contravention.

According to legal experts, he is expected to serve 10 months behind bars and the remainder under house arrest. Judge Masipa ruled a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong impression to the community, but a long sentence would not be appropriate because it would appear to lack mercy.

The Paralympian was cleared of murder but convicted of culpable homicide on 12 September.

Tweets have been both imaginative and diverse:

Pistorius is expected to be transferred to Pretoria Central prison, now known as the Kgosi Mampuru II correctional facility.



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