Oscar Pistorius, also known as the Blade Runner, was sentenced to thirteen years and five months in prison for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 today. That is considerably higher than his sentence during his appeal: six years. The Public Prosecution Service in South Africa had gone into cassation against this ruling.
The Public Prosecution Service found the sentence on appeal “shockingly low”.
The minimum penalty for murder is 15 years in South Africa. The judge also gave this sentence to Pistorius, but the time he has already been in prison has been taken off. Initially, the Blade Runner was sentenced by the court to five years in prison for wrongful death. In December 2015, during his appeal, the judge sentenced him to six years in prison. Now that punishment in cassation has been doubled.
Pistorius, who was famous for his successes as a Paralympic runner, killed model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 while she was in the bathroom. He shot through the bathroom door four times with a 9mm pistol. According to neighbors, the couple had had an argument shortly before. Pistorius himself has always said that he thought there was a burglar in the bathroom.