South Africa’s Appeal court changes Pistorius’s jail sentence to 15 years

Today, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal sentenced Paralympic running world champion Oscar Pistorius to a total of 15 years in jail following the murder of his girlfriend.
Pistorius Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Friday), South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence from six years to 13 years and five months, taking into account the time he had already served.

The Paralympic running world champion was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius confessed but claimed that he shot her because he thought she was a burglar. Prosecutors argued that the initial sentence was “shockingly light” compared to the country’s minimum 15-year-sentence for murder.

Pistorius and Steenkamp Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

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’. In 2014, he was convicted of manslaughter due to a lack of sufficient evidence of a more serious offense. In 2015, the appeal court changed the offense to murder and sentenced him to six years in jail.



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