South African Court doubles Oscar Pistorius’ jail term to 13 years

South African Court doubles Oscar Pistorius’ jail term to 13 years

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ jail sentence from 6 to 13 years and 5 months for killing his girlfriend.

Pistorius was serving a six-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February, 2013. But prosecutors on Friday argued that the six-year jail term was too lenient increasing it to 13 years.

The new 15-year sentence is the minimum recommended term for murder in South Africa, but the time the former Paralympian sprinter has already served is taken into consideration, so the time remaining in prison is now 13 years and 5 months.

He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter in 2014, but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015 and was jailed in July 2016 for the murder of Steenkamp.

The 31 year old claimed he shot dead Steenkamp through a bathroom door after mistaking her for an intruder.

Pistorius, who won six Paralympic gold medals and became the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics at London 2012, was not in court to hear the decision.

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