Oscar Pistorius To Appeal His Increased Sentence

Oscar Pistorius To Appeal His Increased Sentence”

South African media are reporting that Olympian Oscar Pistorius is appealing his recently lengthened prison sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) successfully appealed to the Supreme Court last month to have his sentence increased from the six years handed down by the High Court.

On Monday (19 December), Pistorius filed papers at the Constitutional Court to challenge his increased sentence, News24 reported.

He fired four shots through a bathroom door, claiming that he believed there was an intruder in the bathroom.

The gold medal-winning athlete, a double amputee known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetics was given the minimum 15 years prescribed for murder by the Supreme Court, reduced to 13 years and five months, taking into account time served.

"The sentence respect of murder is set aside and substituted with the following: the respondent is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 13 years and five months", the judge said, reading out the court's decision. He only served 10 months of the original sentence before he was released and put under house arrest.

Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide - the equivalent of manslaughter - but his conviction was upgraded to murder on appeal.

The State petitioned the SCA directly, arguing that the six-year sentence was far too lenient.

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