Monday 18 June 2018

Oscar Pistorius murder sentence: South Africa's Supreme Court to hear state's appeal against six-year term

Oscar Pistorius: got six years in jail for murdering girlfriend. Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images
Oscar Pistorius: got six years in jail for murdering girlfriend. Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images

Samuel Osborne

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the state's appeal against Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence, the National Prosecuting Authority has said.

The Paralympic gold medallist was sentenced to jail for six years in 2016 for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

At the time, some commentators described the jail term as lenient.

Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable homicide and given a five-year sentence, but was later found guilty of murder after a state appeal.

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius

His case was transferred back to the original judge and he was sentenced to six years.

The appeal will be heard on 3 November.

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