Pistorius’ prison sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months

Prosecutors had called the Olympic runner’s six-year jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp ‘shockingly’ lenient.

Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the court upheld an appeal against what prosecutors called Pistorius’ “shockingly” lenient original six-year sentence for the shooting at his home in 2013, at a hearing in the central city of Bloemfontein.

Seriti said the 31-year-old athlete should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, as he delivered the verdict.

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The new sentence took into account time Pistorius had already served in prison and at home under house arrest, Seriti said. Pistorius has served over a year of his initial six-year sentence.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp when he repeatedly shot through a bathroom door in his home in the capital Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. The ensuing trial  gripped the world.

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Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015.

The only way for Pistorius’ lawyers to challenge the new sentence is to appeal to the Constitutional Court.