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Pistorius' sentence more than doubled; slain girlfriend's family calls it 'justice'

25 November 2017, 01:31 | Lucy Hill

Court extends jail term for Oscar Pistorius

BREAKING NEWS: Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence is doubled

South Africa's Court of Appeals has more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' sentence for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Willie Seriti, with four other Appeal Court Judges concurring, ruled that the 6-year sentence Judge Thokozile Masipa imposed on Pistorius in July 2016 when she re-sentenced him for murder was "shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence".

The court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, subtracting the year Pistorius has already served.

The jail sentence has been extended to 13 years and five months from the previous ruling of six years, according to the BBC. Claiming he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder, he was initially convicted of manslaughter.

At the same time, Steenkamp's parents have sent their love to Jayde Panayiatou's parents after her husband, Chris, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015.

The Steenkamps' lawyer, Tania Koen, says the family has been in touch with the Ings family.

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Johnson said the High Court did not list the substantial and compelling factors for deviating from the 15-year sentence and that Pistorius had not shown remorse for the murder.

Attorney Marius du Toit, a legal expert in South Africa, told News 24 he thought the 13 years was "a heavy sentence".

The Supreme Court said that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions". Pistorius won't be eligible for parole for at least six years.

Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria, and did not attend any of the appeal hearings.

This is the third time Pistorius has faced a different sentence in the case.



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