Oscar Pistorius given 5 years in jail: All you need to know about the 'trial of the century'

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Aimee Pistorius (left) the sister of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius attends his sentencing at the high court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Aimee Pistorius (left) the sister of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius attends his sentencing at the high court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Judge Thokozile Masipais, reads her judgement against South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Judge Thokozile Masipais, reads her judgement against South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock as judgment is delivered at the high court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock as judgment is delivered at the high court in Pretoria on Oct 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Oct 21 for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

The 27-year-old disabled sprinter was also given a three-year suspended sentence on a separate gun offence conviction.

Pistorius was convicted in September of culpable homicide - South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter. Steenkamp died almost instantly when he fired four shots through a bathroom door at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year, having mistaken her for an intruder.

We recap the case, dubbed the “trial of the century”, which began on March 3:

The verdict:


Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

He was also given a three-year suspended sentence on a separate gun offence conviction. 


Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

The Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.


Legal experts shocked at Pistorius ruling

They say the judge was too lenient, and that the verdict opens the door to abuse of system.


Judge finds Pistorius not guilty of murder

The shock decision left the South African celebrity athlete sobbing with emotion in the dock.


Background stories:


The 'broke and broken' Olympian 

Pistorius' sentencing brings the hopes and dreams of the fallen hero to a crashing halt. 


Timeline of events

A look back at the events following the Olympic and Paralympic star's fall from grace.


The key players 

The important players in the trial that will open the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most recognisable athletes.


The 'Blade Runner'

A champion athlete who beat the odds to inspire millions worldwide, or a disgraced hero with a penchant for guns, beautiful women and fast cars?


Related stories:


Pistorius cannot run in Paralympics during jail term

Organisers maintain that the South African is barred from competing for five years, even if if he is released early.  


Three significant questions in Pistorius trial

- Did Pistorius and his girlfriend argue on the night of the shooting?

- Did police taint the crime scene?

- Why didn't Pistorius call the police?


Pistorius' lawyers tear into first witness

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius launched an aggressive defence on day one of his murder trial, tearing into a witness who claimed to have heard screams as his girlfriend was killed.


Neighbour heard 'bloodcurdling screams'

The first witness in South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial testified on Monday that she heard terrible screams coming from his home on the night of his girlfriend's death.


Pistorius pleads not guilty to murdering girlfriend

The trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius began in Pretoria on Monday, with the star sprinter pleading not guilty to murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year.


Olympian sprinter comes face-to-face with mother of girlfriend he shot dead

Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes face-to-face for the first time on Monday with the mother of the girlfriend he shot dead.


Olympian on trial for murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the start of his murder trial, opening a decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's best-known athletes.