Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence is doubled

Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence is doubled

Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence is doubled

Oscar Pistorius has had his prison sentence increased to 13 years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeeva Steenkamp.

He was jailed for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet. He was then sentenced to another six years in Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru II prison, where he remains now.

The 31-year-old was initially convicted of manslaughter but that conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court.

The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at the Olympics when he competed at the London 2012 games.

According to News24, the State appealed the culpable homicide conviction, and Pistorius was later charged with murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2016, in which he had to serve six years.

The court upheld an appeal by prosecutors, who challenged the original six-year sentence for being too lenient over the shooting.

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