Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years jail for the manslaughter of Reeva Steenkamp, although his legal team suggest he could actually serve as little as 10 months behind bars.
The verdict sparked fury on social media with #nojustice quickly trending on Twitter.
Following closely behind was #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence in protest at the day's news.
Time spent typing this tweet #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence— Louis Nel (@LouisNel) October 21, 2014
#ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence the trial and reading the judgement!— Gandalf (@GandalfJnr) October 21, 2014
#ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence Honestly waiting for someone to say "my dick" Its got to happen, its just got to.— BOOcca (@beccaaerin) October 21, 2014
#thingslongerthanoscarssentence Marikana commission of inquiry— Mlu (@Mlu0Slim) October 21, 2014
The Oscar trial itself "@MTshwete:October 21, 2014
Some compared his crimes to others committed in South Africa.
And to the state of the country itself.
#ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence.. Joburg water shortage— Ayanda (@yayahhlats) October 21, 2014
While not always factually correct, many did effectively contrast the sentence with other forms of punishment.
Luis Suarez's ban from football— The Cunning Linguist (@LarrenWuke) October 21, 2014
While others predicted how Pistorius may act upon his release.
the speech he is going to give about how jail has changed him #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence— Nokubonga Skosana (@Bonnie_Skosana) October 21, 2014
And just so the UK audience can relate...
#ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence The wait for Sherlock season 4— Ritvik Miglani (@rmigy) October 21, 2014