Oscar Pistorius to appeal increased sentence at South Africa’s highest court

Jailed South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius will appeal against his increased prison sentence of 13 years and five months at South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

 

Last month, South Africa’s Supreme Court more than doubled his murder sentence after accepting prosecutors’ argument that the original jail term of six years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly lenient”.

Since then, legal analysts have said Pistorius could appeal to the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s topmost legal authority but his chances of success are slim.

The athlete was jailed in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 by firing four shots through a locked bathroom door.

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