The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months. That likely ends what was a long judicial saga. When a follower responded, saying that is what Steenkamp's family is feeling, Carl added, "We have all suffered incomprehensible loss".
"They feel there has been justice for Reeva", Koen said. Pistorius shot his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, four times through the bathroom door, killing her. Pistorius claimed he thought she was a burglar, but detectives didn't buy that explanation and prosecutors sought a conviction for premeditated murder.
After he had perused the High Court sentence, Sereti said he found that it had "overemphasised" Pistorius' personal circumstances and misdirected itself in its assessment of an appropriate sentence. The judicial process that seemingly ended on Friday was a long one. He only served 10 months before being moved to house arrest.
July 6: He is sentenced to six years in jail for murder. Masipa was also the judge who handed down the original manslaughter sentence. Pistorius will face more than 13 years in prison, and with few appeals options left his marathon through South Africa's legal system might have finally reached the finish line.
The decision was briefly announced by the supreme court justice Willie Seriti, but there was a written judgment too.
"They were not going to play - they really wanted to make the public understand that when there is a minimum sentence, then the court should impose it, unless there are compelling reasons to deviate", he said. The verdict was delivered after the state argued that the previous sentencing of six years given to the former Paralympian was "shockingly lenient".
They noted he had apologized to Steenkamp's family, but that did not fulfill the court's requirements. Now, the earliest he'll be eligible for parole is 2023.