South African Court More Than Doubles Oscar Pistorius's Prison Sentence for Murder

South African Court More Than Doubles Oscar Pistorius's Prison Sentence for Murder

South African Court More Than Doubles Oscar Pistorius's Prison Sentence for Murder

Judges in South Africa increased the jail sentence for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and five months, more than doubling his original sentence for killing his girlfriend.

After the conviction was appealed by the state on the basis that it was "shockingly lenient", it was replaced by a murder charge and Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison, before the sentence was extended to 13 years and five months on Friday.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through a door on Valentine's Day in 2013, but he argued that he had thought she was an intruder in his house.

Pistorius was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pistorius was guilty of premeditated murder, but may still be guilty of culpable homicide - equivalent to the United Kingdom law of manslaughter.

Prosecutors again petitioned the court, claiming the sentence was lenient.

"They feel there has been justice for Reeva".


The 31-year-old was initially convicted of culpable homicide, but that was later upgraded to murder and he received a six year jail term last year.

The ruling added that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions". There is no death penalty in South Africa.

The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 previous year.

"I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment", legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. He will now serve the 15-year minimum for murder in South Africa.

Pistorius has to serve at least half of his new sentence before he is considered for parole.

This is the third time Pistorius has faced a different sentence in the case.

Oscar Pistorius reacts in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

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