Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence More Than Doubled

Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence More Than Doubled

In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said a panel of judges unanimously upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius' original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.

Pistorius was imprisoned in July past year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

The former Paralympian was initially sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide by a High Court judge in 2014, but only served 10 months of the sentence before being released and put under house arrest.

"It is shockingly lenient and has accordingly resulted in an injustice", she said, referring to the sentence.

The ruling is likely the end of Pistorius' legal options.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic "blades".

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The BBC reports that a lower court had "justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse".

The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice". There is no death penalty in South Africa. "After the trial‚ he tried to make contact‚" Roux said.

Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made. Fifteen years is the country's usual minimum sentence for murder.

Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria, and did not attend any of the appeal hearings.

Seriti said the facts of the case demanded a higher sentence.

Pistorius was jailed in July 2016 after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

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