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OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCE INCREASED TO 13 YEARS

Date: 2017-11-24


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Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's gold medal Olympian, shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valintine's Day in 2013.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has lengthened Oscar Pistorius's prison sentence from six years to 13 years and five months.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) argued in its appeal that the six-year sentence was "shocking light" for the crime of murder and asked that the prescribed minimum term of 15 years be imposed.

Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door at his home in the capital Pretoria. He has maintained he believed she was an intruder and was merely trying to protect himself.

In 2012 in London, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist made history when he became the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics running on his prosthetic "blades".

The timeline of events:
August 2012: Competes in London Olympics and wind gold at the Paralympics
February 2013: Shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines day
March 2014: The much-anticipated trial begins
September 2014: Pistorius is found guilty of culpable homicide by the judge
October 2014: His five-year sentence begins
October 2015: After deliberation, he is transferred to house arrest
December 2015: The appeal court changes the verdict to murder
July 2016: Sentenced to six years in jail for murder
November 2017: Sentence is more than doubled to 15 years, less time served

More to follow.



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