(SL) – In 2013 Olympic and Paralympic standout Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp mistaking her for an intruder. Steenkamp was locked in the bathroom at his home in Pretoria when the shooting occurred. Pistorius fired four times through the door pretty much striking Steenkamp with every bullet.
He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter in 2014, a sentence he was serving primarily on house arrest, but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015 and sentenced to six years.
Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly light”. While the lower court had justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse. It said they outweighed aggravating factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.
A South African court has now increased Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months.
Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medalist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic “blades”.
He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby.