PRETORIA, July 6 (Xinhua) — The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday handed down a six-year sentence to Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Reading out the judgment, Judge Thokozile Masipa said the trial of murder-convicted Pistorius had many mitigating factors.

"In the result, the sentence I impose on the accused in terms of murder dolus eventualis, is six years imprisonment," Masipa said.