Oscar Pistorius’ jail sentence elevated to 13 years, 5 months

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius‘ jail sentence was elevated to 13 years and 5 months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, a choice that greater than doubled the Olympic runner’s jail time period for the homicide of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti stated the Supreme Court upheld an attraction by prosecutors in opposition to Pistorius‘ unique six-year sentence for capturing Steenkamp a number of occasions in his residence in 2013.

Prosecutors had referred to as that six-year sentence “shockingly” lenient.

Pistorius ought to have been sentenced to the prescribed minimal of 15 years for homicide in South Africa, Seriti stated, as he delivered the decision that was reached by a panel of 5 judges on the Supreme Court within the central metropolis of Bloemfontein.

The new sentence of 13 years and 5 months took under consideration time Pistorius had already served in jail and at residence below home arrest, Seriti stated.

Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, has served over a yr of his preliminary six-year sentence.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp within the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after capturing 4 occasions by means of a closed rest room cubicle door in his residence. Claiming he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder, he was initially convicted of manslaughter. That conviction was overturned and changed with a homicide conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015.

Friday’s resolution probably brings an finish to a close to five-year authorized saga surrounding the double-amputee athlete, a a number of Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was as soon as probably the most celebrated sportsmen on the planet.

Pistorius‘ legal professionals have only one avenue open to them in the event that they wish to problem the brand new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that’s to attraction to the Constitutional Court, the best court docket in South Africa.

Pistorius failed with an attraction to the Constitutional Court final yr to problem his homicide conviction.


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