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Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Has Jail Sentence Doubled

Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Has Jail Sentence Doubled

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) increased the sentence of former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, to 13 years and five months in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Media reported that Steenkamp was planning a surprise for Pistorius on Valentine's Day, but he mistook her for a robber.

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.

The prosecutors appealed again, claiming the six-year sentence was "shockingly low".

Pistorius, a double amputee whose legs were amputated at the age of one because of a congenital defect, rose to prominence as a Olympic sprinter competing against able-bodied athletes.

However, the court deducted the time Pistorius has already served either in prison or under house arrest, which he means he has 13 years and five months remaining on his sentence.

Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, said: "This is an emotional thing for them". Pistorius was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide in 2014. An appeals court changed that verdict to murder in December 2015, according to the BBC.

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He was sentenced to six years.

The Supreme Court said that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions".

Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short, reports the BBC.

At the same time, Steenkamp's parents have sent their love to Jayde Panayiatou's parents after her husband, Chris, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

It is unclear whether Pistorius will appeal the latest decision to South Africa's Constitutional Court.

Oscar Pistorius in his murder trail at the High Court in Pretoria on 6 July 2016. He was reportedly not in court on Friday to hear the decision on his sentence.