South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday increased Oscar Pistorius’s sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to 13 years and five months in prison.

The judgment handed down by Judge Legoabe Willie Seriti follows an appeal by the State against an earlier sentence of six years for the murder of model Steenkamp, which prosecutors described as “shockingly lenient”.

The SCA increased the sentence for the disabled former Olympic athlete to 15 years, minus the time he has already served.

Pistorius, a gun enthusiast, shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. His defense was that he mistook her for an intruder.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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