Oscar not remorseful - Supreme Court of Appeal

Arnold Nichols
November 25, 2017

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius's jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months.

The sentence would have been 15 years, only it was reduced to take into account time already served, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal said Friday. He was released in 2015 after serving one year of the initial five-year term, but returned behind bars after his murder conviction in December 2015, when his sentence was increased to six years by trial judge Thokozile Masipa.

However, prosecutors on the case called the sentencing "shockingly lenient" and appealed the decision.

Then in July of last year, he was sentenced to six years in prison.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but individual judges can lower the sentence if there are "substantial and compelling" reasons to do so.

Oscar Pistorius will be spending much more time in prison than originally believed.


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".

Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door in his home. Pistorius confessed but claimed that he shot her because he thought she was a burglar.

Reading out the ruling, the judge said: "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".

Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, were "emotional" as they watched Seriti deliver the verdict live on television at their home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.

Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made.

Oscar Pistorius reacts in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

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