This morning, the Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa increased the jail sentence for Oscar Pistorius, from 6 years to 13 years and 5 months.
Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp 4 times through a locked bathroom door, after mistaking her for an intruder, at his home in Pretoria. During the early hours of 14th February 2013. In March of 2014, Pistorius stood trial at the high court in Pretoria and in October he was found guilty and judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced him to 5 years in prison for ‘capable homicide’.
After serving 12 months of his jail sentence, Pistorius was moved to from Kgosi Mampuru Prison to house arrest. He qualified as he had been a ‘good inmate’ and this was not an abnormal procedure in South Africa. It was reported that he would spend the remainder of his sentence at his uncle’s house after he had to sell his home to pay his legal bills. However, in December the Supreme Court of Appeal found Pistorius guilty of murder, altering the ruling made by the high court in 2014. Following the verdict, he was granted ‘bail under house arrest’ and returned back to his uncle’s house.
In, what many believed to be the final chapter of this story, Pistorius was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on July 2016. While reports state that Pistorius showed ‘no emotion’ when the sentence was revealed. Many were not pleased with the outcome. Prosecutors were scared that this sentence would set the precedence for future cases. While the South Africa National Prosecuting Agency called it “shockingly lenient” amid plans to appeal for a longer sentence.
In November of 2016, Pistorius was moved from Kgosi Mampuru Prison to Attridge Correction Centre just outside of the city Pretoria. The was better equipt to care for six-time Paralympian, who is a double amputee. For almost a year, the trial of the decade was unheard from.
However, this morning the Supreme Court of Appeal increased his prison sentence from 6 years to 15. But they allotted for the time that he has already served, meaning that his current sentence is now 13 years and 5 months. Prosecutors agree with this sentence as it abides by the guidelines of ‘minimum 15 years given for murder’ in South Africa.
Speaking on behalf of Mr and Mrs Steenkamp, Tania Koen, the family lawyer, told The Associated Press “They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace”. Oscar Pistorius was not in court for the hearing of the sentence.