A South African appeal court has more than doubled the former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The supreme court of appeal (SCA) increased Pistorius’s sentence from six years in prison to 13 years and five months after Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Steenkamp was “shockingly light”.
The court’s decision is “justice for Reeva,” her family’s spokeswoman said, adding that they hope “this is the end of the road and that everyone can move forward.”
Ms Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said.
“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Tania Koen told Associated Press.
“But at the same time, people think this is the end of the road for them… the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day,” Ms Koen said.
The former Olympic and Paralympic sprinter killed Steenkamp at his home in an upscale Pretoria neighborhood on Valentine’s Day 2013 – an act he says was an accident after he mistook her for an intruder but the prosecution called it a deliberate act after the two had an argument.
High court judge Thokozile Masipa initially sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide in 2014. The sentence was much lower than many had expected and was widely criticised.
He served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.