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Pistorius Faces Longer Stay In Jail

Written By: SD Reporter


South African prosecutors are appealing for a longer sentence for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door in February 2013.

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,” after he had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby.

Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar at his home in the capital Pretoria.

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

Defence lawyers say the sentence handed down by a lower court is appropriate and told the Supreme Court of Appeal the six-year sentence was “shockingly light” and he should get 15 years.

The lower court justified deviating from the prescribed 15-year sentence by saying mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse outweighed aggravating factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.

However, the prosecutor Andrea Johnson said the sentence did not match the gravity of the crime committed by Pistorius, 30, who was not in the court in Bloemfontein. He is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre prison in Pretoria.

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