Murder case: Appeal Court keeps Pistorius guessing

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Oscar Pistorius sentence described as lenient
Oscar Pistorius sentence described as lenient

(dpa/NAN) South Africa’s Appeal Court on Friday, scheduled to rule if paralympian Oscar Pistorius, sentenced to six years in jail for murder, should receive a harsher prison term.

The state prosecution had appealed the sentence earlier this month, saying that Pistorius’ punishment for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp was too lenient.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years.

In 2015, in a case that gripped South Africa and the world, the 30-year-old sprinter was found guilty of the Valentine’s Day murder of his model girlfriend.

The prosecution argued that Pistorius’ disability should not have been a mitigating factor.

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 is the second time the prosecution is appealing.

Pistorius was originally found guilty of culpable homicide, but this was changed to murder on appeal.

Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated because of a congenital defect, soared to international fame after becoming the first amputee to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, London.

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