Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence doubled

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence doubled

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence doubled

Former South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius's jail sentence has been increased to 13 years and five months for the murder of model and celebrity girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, it emerged on Friday.

The Blade Runner shot and killed Steenkamp at his home on Valentine's Day 2013.

Pistorius bursts into tears as he is charged, denying murder "in the strongest terms". Ten days later, Pistorius vomits when a picture of Steenkamp's body is flashed on the court's television screens. It explained that Pistorius did not ever explain to the court why he fired the shots, which meant that he could not be considered "genuinely remorseful". "As they have no input in the decision of the state to appeal, they are focusing their energy on the upcoming official media launch of The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation on 19 August, on what would have been Reeva's 33rd birthday, at Sun International's The Boardwalk, in her home town of Port Elizabeth".

June 30: After a six-week break, a panel of three psychiatrists and a psychologist conclude Pistorius does not suffer from mental illness.

He was initially sentenced to five years in 2014, before having his charge changed to murder in 2015. But it was still up to Masipa, the same original judge, to sentence him.

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He returned behind bars after his conviction, and is being held at a prison in Pretoria.

The court on Friday morning overturned a six-year sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria and replaced it with a sentence of 13 years and five months.

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

However, shortly after his release that year, Pistorius found was guilty of murder, irrespective of whoever was behind the door when he opened fire with a pistol he kept under his bed. According to the Guardian, 15 years is the minimum sentence for murder and the court subtracted the time Pistorious, 31, has already served.

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