S African Court Increases Oscar Pistorius’ Prison Sentence to 13 Years, 5 Months

S African Court Increases Oscar Pistorius’ Prison Sentence to 13 Years, 5 Months
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On July 6, 2016, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail, following the murder of his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. To date, he has served just over a year of that six-year sentence.

Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence has been increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

“The sentence imposed… in 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.

On February 14, 2013 Pistorius was accused of murdering his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp, 29, after her body was found in his toilet room.

Media reported that Steenkamp was planning a surprise for Pistorius on Valentine’s Day, but he mistook her for a robber.

The runner admitted that he killed his girlfriend in an accident. Investigators almost immediately presented a different version of events, as neighbors heard a loud quarrel in Pistorius’ house and called the police two hours before the tragedy.

Medics and police arrived at the crime scene in his Pretoria house between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. local time. According to police, Steenkamp had sustained gunshot wounds to her head and one of her hands. A 9 mm pistol licensed to Pistorius was found at the scene.

Two years after the first hearings, on July 6, 2017 Oscar Pistorius was handed a 6-year jail term by the High Court in Pretoria.