Oscar Pistorius' jail term increased to 13 years

Oscar Pistorius' jail term increased to 13 years

South Africa's Court of Appeals has more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' sentence for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The State had appealed to the court against the leniency of the initial six-year jail sentence.

Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder in South Africa, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict that was reached by a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein.

Pistorius was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter in 2014 but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015.

Pistorius shot, firing four times through a closed bathroom door, and killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, and claimed that he mistook her for an burglar on Valentine's Day in 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Then in July of last year, he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, said: "This is an emotional thing for them".

Judge Masipa ruled that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius' life and career were also in ruins.




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

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

"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.

But even though State prosecutors managed to get it upgraded to murder, only one extra year was added to the sentence. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.

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

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at North Gauteng High Court on June 13, 2016 in Pretoria.

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