Oscar Pistorius' brother 'heartbroken' over the athlete's sentence increase

Oscar Pistorius' brother 'heartbroken' over the athlete's sentence increase

Carl Pistorius said he is "shattered" and "heartbroken" after court more than doubled the his brother Oscar's jail sentence to 13 years and five months.

The 'blade runner's' sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp was increased today after Prosecutor's argued the original six-year imprisonment was "shockingly light."

The supreme court of appeal (SCA) said it was "difficult to accept that the respondent is genuinely remorseful." It added that Oscar clearly "unable to appreciate the crime he has committed." 

His brother, Carl Pistorius, was shocked by the statement saying, "this is absolute rubbish."

On Valentine's Day 2013, Oscar fired four bullets killing his girlfriend Reeva. During his trial, he claimed he mistook her for an intruder. 

His initial sentence was for five years for culpable homicide, which garnered criticism as it was much lower than many had expected.

He served 10 months before being released from prison put under house arrest.  

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

"We have all suffered incomprehensible loss," said Carl Pistorius on Twitter. "The death of Reeva was and is still a great loss for our family too."

The Steenkamp family said the increase showed that justice would prevail in South Africa. 

 “This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning,” Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, said.

 

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