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'Blade Runner' sentenced to more than 13 years for murder of girlfriend

'Blade Runner' sentenced to more than 13 years for murder of girlfriend

A South African court on Friday increased to 13 years and five months paralympian Oscar Pistorius's prison sentence for killing his girlfriend. "Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court a year ago to challenge his murder conviction".

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.

Johnson said the High Court did not list the substantial and compelling factors for deviating from the 15-year sentence and that Pistorius had not shown remorse for the murder.

Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said Pistorius failed to explain in court hearings why he fired the fatal shots and "does not appreciate the gravity of his actions".

Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, were "emotional" as they watched Seriti deliver the verdict live on television at their home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.

"They have sent all their love to the Ings family because they feel that although justice was serviced for Jayde, they know the Ings family will still miss Jayde every day".

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

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The accused's brother Carl Pistorius tweeted he was "shattered, heartbroken, gutted" by the ruling.

Attorney Marius du Toit, a legal expert in South Africa, told News 24 he thought the 13 years was "a heavy sentence".

"The respondent had already served 12 months imprisonment and corrective supervision for a period of seven months".

This is the third time Pistorius has faced a different sentence in the case.

Supreme Court judges are generally reluctant to change sentences handed down by trial courts, and it's rare for them to change one so dramatically.

Friday's decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence.


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