Oscar Pistorius murder sentence increased to 13 years

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius has had his sentence increased to 13 years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

At the previous court hearing, the court heard that a murder conviction in South Africa usually has a minimum sentence of 15 years.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein is ready to deliver its verdict in an appeal the State had lodged to have his initial six-year prison sentence increased.

The state appealed the culpable homicide conviction, and it was later replaced with murder by the SCA in 2016.

Camera IconSouth African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius posing next to his late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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The South African double-amputee sprinter, known as the "Blade Runner", maintains he believed Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through the bathroom door.

It was the second time the prosecution had appealed.

Pistorius was originally sentenced to five years in prison in 2014.

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Pistorius was imprisoned in July past year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

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