The six-time Paralympic gold medallist’s sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp is increased to 13 years and five months
The sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been increased from six years to 13 years and five months.
The six-time Paralympic gold medallist had initially been convicted of culpable homicide (manslaughter) but South Africa’s Supreme Court overturned that verdict in 2015. Pistorius was then handed a six-year sentence for murder last year.
But South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has now increased that sentence, giving Pistorius the minimum 15 years prescribed for murder in South Africa, less the time he has already served.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, after shooting her through a toilet door. Pistorius said he shot at the door thinking there was an intruder in his house.
Known as the “Blade Runner” because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he would use when running, Pistorius made history at London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
The London 2012 Olympic 400m semi-finalist also won gold in the T44 400m at the London Paralympics, setting a Paralympic record in the process, as well as silver in the T44 200m and gold in the 4x100m.