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Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa increased Pistorius’ sentence

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, increased paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to 13 years and five months on Friday. In other words, it more than doubled his original sentence of six years after the state argued that it was unduly lenient.

Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Oscar Pistorius 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 shooting an intruder. He pleaded not guilty.

Pistorius-in-Court-old-photo
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 sentence 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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