Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa increased Pistorius’ sentence


Prosecutors argued earlier this month that failed to show genuine remorse after killing his girlfriend. The decision by the five judges was unanimous. The Paralympic athlete shot dead Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet. He claimed all the time that he believed he was an intruder. He pleaded not guilty.

Pistorius in Court – old photo

Nazreen Shaik Peremanov, a constitutional law expert at the University of South Africa’s law school, told AFP that Pistorius could now appeal the latest at the country’s highest court – the Constitutional Court bur But National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson sustains “we always maintained as an institution that this appeal is not about an individual. It has got everything to do with the proper administration of justice.” The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at the Olympics when he competed at the London 2012 games. He also was an ambassador for disabled people worldwide. Pistorius’ brother, Carl, wrote now on Twitter: “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted.”


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