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Oscar Pistorius jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months.

Prosecutors seek longer prison term for Oscar Pistorius
Prosecutors sought longer prison term for Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly light”.

Ms Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said.

“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Tania Koen told Associated Press.

“But at the same time, people think this is the end of the road for them… the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day,” Ms Koen said.

Oscar Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has now given Pistorius the minimum 15 years prescribed for murder in South Africa, less time already served.

The lower court had justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse. It said they outweighed aggravating factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.

Pistorius’s brother Carl said on social media that he was “shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted” at the decision.

“We have all suffered incomprehensible loss. The death of Reeva was and still is a great loss for our family too,” he wrote.

Tackling inconsistency

Analysis: BBC’s Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg

There is huge relief here from the National Prosecuting Authority and from Ms Steenkamp’s family and friends. Prosecutors are relieved because the earlier sentence of six years for murder could have set a precedent in future trials. The Pistorius family are devastated, as is the athlete himself.

The six-year sentence gave an impression of inconsistency. There have been fraud and corruption trials that led to 15-year sentences. It seemed lenient considering that the Paralympian fired four bullets into a bathroom door behind which there was an unarmed and frightened Ms Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius, 31, was not in court to hear the decision.

He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter in 2014, but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015.

Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door at his home in the capital Pretoria.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic “blades”.

He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby.

Rise and fall of Oscar Pistorius

  • August 2012: Competes in London Olympics and Paralympics, where he won a gold medal
  • February 2013: Shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  • March 2014: Trial begins
  • September 2014: Judge finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide
  • October 2014: Begins five-year sentence
  • October 2015: Transferred to house arrest
  • December 2015: Appeal court changes verdict to murder
  • July 2016: Sentenced to six years in jail for murder
  • November 2017: Sentence more than doubled to 15 years, less time served.  BBC
  • He must serve 20yrs in prison because of his sin

  • Justice but minimum must be twenty showed no remorse.

  • Mupfanha apinda busy uyu

  • We have certainly witnessed how inconsistent the South African justice is. There is no uniformity whatsoever. This case has raised so many questions .

  • good

  • He shod be killd also

  • at least its better

  • congratulations Oscar

  • Sounds better

  • Its so sad for Oscar .someone is busy making money out of you while u are suffering .He is not the first one to kill a person in South Africa.we have had so many cases where one person had killed more than one and raped women .but the way they are dealing with Oscar’s case is not fair .the girlfriend’s family they are eating Oscar’s money they told the court last tyme that their kid was the bread winner and Oscar’s is taking care of them .someone is behind something destroying Wat ever Oscar have
    .these are the same issues that happens to O.J Simpson, Mike Tyson at the end they will die poor having nothing .blacks here in South Africa they kill people cut them selling parts bodies everyday found dead no other parts raped .but for its a pirty .

    • The lesson learnt here is to live by the law and stay away from crime. U will have ur peace

  • He is suppose to die in prison

  • Well planned move by Oscar. I feel no sympathy for this dude at all. Sword for a sword is the real deal; no doubt abt it.

  • one of the ten commandments says don’t kill.Now Oscar decided to go against God’s law and now it’s punishment after punishment. Listen to God and you will live a happy life

    • Ypu saying u dont break any o the ten commandments

  • Shame on him. Why do pple do things they regret 4 the rest of their lives

  • They showed mercy on him

  • 13 yes for murder??? . pliz

  • Pakaipa

  • Why give 50 million judgments for the same case ? 13 years for Oscar yet they let so many hooligans run the streets , people are murdered in SA everyday and the law isn’t applied, people are actually proud to be murderers ! This selective justice must stop ✋🏽

  • its jus too much

  • south Africa is full of week known murderers who have never tested the entrance of a prison

  • 13yrs still not enough for this abusive piece of white priviledged turd