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Oscar Pistorius' sentence increased to over 13 years by South African appeals court

Johannesburg: A South African appeals court increased paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to 13 years and five months on Friday.

Oscar Pistorius glances sideways as he listens to ballistic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa on March 19. AP

File image of Oscar Pistorius. AP

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein more than doubled his original sentence of six years after the state appealed that it was unduly lenient.

Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Oscar Pistorius failed to show genuine remorse after killing his girlfriend.

"One of the essential ingredients of a balanced sentence is that it must reflect the seriousness of the offence," Andrea Johnson, of the National Prosecution Authority, told the court.

The Paralympic athlete shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

He pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014 and has always denied that he killed Steenkamp in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.

Published Date: Nov 24, 2017 15:31 PM | Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 15:31 PM

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