I am not going to comment on whether the jail term of 5 years for Oscar Pistorius is fair or not. The judge must have considered all the evidence as well as the arguments put forward by both the defence and the prosecution before finding Oscar not guilty of murder but instead guilty of culpable homicide.
In my humble opinion, the outcome of the verdict will depend on how good or otherwise on the defence counsel or prosecutor of the trial.
Remember the case of my ex-colleague who was stabbed to death at the old Sea View Hotel in Katong back in 1970? The accused was armed with a big knife and the victim was unarmed.
The accused was charged with murder but his lawyer the late David Marshall did an excellent job and eventually got his client off the hook.
Many thought the accused would at least be be found guilty of manslaughter and given a long prison sentence for taking the victim's life but the judge thought otherwise.
The post on the Sea View killing of my ex- colleague is here.