Messi, father sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud; Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend . . .
Messi, father sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud
A court in Spain on Wednesday sentenced Barcelona Argentine striker, Lionel Messi, and his father to 21 months in jail for tax fraud and slapped them with a fine of 3.7 million euros ($4.1 million).
However, these prison sentences are likely to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offenders of non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.
The Argentina and Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.
The income related to Messi’s image rights that was allegedly hidden includes endorsement deals with Banco Sabadell, Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.
Pistorius jailed six years for murdering girlfriend
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home three years ago.
High Court judge Thokozile Masipa listed several mitigating factors for sentencing him to less than half the minimum 15-year term for murder, including the athlete’s claim he believed he was shooting an intruder.
“The sentence that I impose on the accused… is six years imprisonment,” she said.
Pistorius, 29, hugged his family before being taken out of the court in Pretoria to begin serving his term.
The double-amputee Olympic and Paralympic sprinter was freed from prison last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter.
But an appeals court upgraded his conviction to murder in December.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.