Oscar Pistorius' jail term increased to 13 years

25 November, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Oscar Pistorius will soon find out if his six-year jail sentence for murder will be increased

To date, he has served just over a year of that six-year sentence.

In 2013, Pistorius fired gunshots through the door of a locked bathroom, killing Steenkamp.

Ms Nazreen Shaik Peremanov, a constitutional law don in South Africa, said Pistorius could appeal the latest sentence at the country's highest court: the Constitutional Court.

After the conviction was appealed by the state on the basis that it was "shockingly lenient", it was replaced by a murder charge and Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison, before the sentence was extended to 13 years and five months on Friday.

Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics and was even known as the "fastest man on no legs" and the "Blade Runner".

"They feel there has been justice for Reeva".

Pistorius' brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: "Shattered". The court agreed and the sentence is now 13 years.

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

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Big developments in South Africa this morning.

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Supreme Court judges are generally reluctant to change sentences handed down by trial courts, and it's rare for them to change one so dramatically. "After the trial‚ he tried to make contact‚" Roux said.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but individual judges can lower the sentence if there are "substantial and compelling" reasons to do so.

The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail.

Friday's decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence.

This is the third time Pistorius has faced a different sentence in the case. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.

Pistorius was jailed in July 2016 after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

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