Oscar Pistorius sentence extended to 13 years and five months
25 November, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Clint Gray
Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius had had a jail sentence extended from six years to 13 years and five months for his role in the death of his girlfriend Reena Steenkamp, who was shot six times in their home in February 2013.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp by firing four shots through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day in 2013.
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. "Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court past year to challenge his murder conviction". He was originally sentenced for culpable homicide, then replaced with murder in 2016.
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".
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Pistorius' legal counsel said the claims that his client is not remorseful are false.
The accused's brother Carl Pistorius tweeted he was "shattered, heartbroken, gutted" by the ruling.
Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, has served over a year of his initial six-year sentence.
The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice".
Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made.
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. "But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated". He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.
Barry Roux, lead defence lawyer for Pistorius, said the athlete was suffering from severe and worsening post-traumatic stress disorder over the case.
Oscar Pistorius reacts in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.
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