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25 November 2017, 01:34 | Rodolfo Quinn
Court extends jail term for Oscar Pistorius
This comes after prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering was too short.
The athlete was not in court for Friday's ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served in jail.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pistorius was guilty of premeditated murder, but may still be guilty of culpable homicide - equivalent to the United Kingdom law of manslaughter.
However, prosecutors on the case called the sentencing "shockingly lenient" and appealed the decision.
"They feel there has been justice for Reeva". He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa.
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"The sentence of six years' imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivializing this serious offense", he added. The court agreed and the sentence is now 13 years.
Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made.
Big developments in South Africa this morning.
Judge Masipa ruled that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius' life and career were also in ruins. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less.
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at North Gauteng High Court on June 13, 2016 in Pretoria.
Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court a year ago to challenge his murder conviction.
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