South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will be asked on 3 November to make longer the sentence of Pistorius

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He has always insisted the shooting was a mistake, saying he thought an intruder had entered his home and he feared for his safety. He initially served one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter. He could have been jailed for life. However, Judge Thokozile Masipa decided six years would be sufficient. Now, The National Prosecuting Authority will claim the sentence was too short. South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments on 3 November that the athlete’s jail term needs to be lengthened.

Atteridgeville-Correctional-Center
Atteridgeville Correctional Center

Prosecutors always asked for Pistorius the six-year murder sentence to be extended. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel last month argued in court that the six-year sentence , less than half the minimum 15-year sentence for murder in South Africa , was “shockingly lenient”. Commentators say The Supreme Court of Appeal judges won’t do anything with the sentence to make it longer. At least, this is the hope. Oscar Pistorius, now at Atteridgeville Correctional Center, in Pretoria, celebrated his 30th birthday in jail. As part of his rehabilitation programme, Pistorius will be expected to grow vegetables and work in the orchards. His family is only a few miles away.

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