Brother 'heartbroken' at Pistorius sentence

Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius' lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.

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.

Disgraced Olympic icon Oscar Pistorius has had his prison sentence doubled for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

December 3: The Supreme Court of Appeal convicts him of murder, saying his testimony was "vacillating and untruthful".

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The BBC reports that a lower court had "justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse".

The written judgement says the first court "erred in deviating from the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment" for murder.

Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar. Many criticised both sentences as overly lenient.

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Under the terms of the new sentence, which was backdated to replace the July 2016 sentence, Pistorius won't be eligible for parole until 2023; the previous six-year sentence allowed the sprinter parole eligibility in 2019. "Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted", wrote Pistorius' brother Carl on Twitter.

"I am of the view that a noncustodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community, but a long sentence would not be appropriate because it would lack the elements of mercy", Judge Thokozile Masipa said at the sentencing.

The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice".

He returned behind bars after his conviction for murder. 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.

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The decision was briefly announced by the supreme court justice Willie Seriti, but there was a written judgment too.

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