Court increases Oscar Pistorius’ jail term to 13 years & 5 months

The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa has more than doubled the prison sentence of Paralympic Oscar Pistorius, Guardian reports.

Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after shooting her four times through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar.

Pistorius’ 6-year jail sentence which was described by state prosecutors as “too lenient” has been increased to 13 years and 5 months.

He received the 6-year sentence in July after a successful appeal by state prosecutors to upgrade his original conviction from culpable homicide to murder.

Steenkamp’s family, according to Guardian, said the increased sentence confirms their trust in the justice system.

A spokeswoman for the family said:
This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning.

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