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Oscar Pistorius has had his prison sentence more than doubled by a South African appeals court.

The Paralympic athlete shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentines Day of 2013, and is currently serving six years for her murder. 

The court by a unanimous decision, found his original sentence to be 'inappropriate.' 

His prison term has been increased from six years to 13 years and five months.

The family of Reeva Steenkamp welcomed the court's decision.

'This is an emotional thing for them' Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family told The Guardian.

'They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning.'

Pistorius maintains his claims that he believed Reeva Steenkamp was an intruder in his home when he shot her. 

Cape Town native Steenkamp was 29-years-old when she was killed. 

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Former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has reportedly received hospital treatment for wrist injuries after an incident in a South African prison on Saturday.

According to the BBC, a spokesperson for the prison service described the runner’s injuries as “minor” and confirmed Pistorius was sent back to prison shortly after receiving treatment.

The Irish Mirror has reported that Pistorius denied trying to kill himself before claiming his injuries had been caused by a fall out of bed.

The sprinter's brother Carl has echoed this claim by tweeting: “Jenna and I have just seen Oscar and he is doing well given the circumstances.  He was in good spirit.”

“I know there are reports saying that he had tried to injure himself – they are completely untrue and sensational…He slipped in his cell and injured himself, nothing serious.”

However a source told City Press that blades were found in Pistorius’ cell when it was searched after the incident.

The Paralympic gold medallist received a six year prison sentence this July for the 2012 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, and one journalist has just pointed out the problem with his sentence.

Bloomberg reporter Kevin Crowley posted this on Twitter shortly after Oscar's ruling today:

Posting a picture of Reeva and a rhino side by side, Kevin made out a stark disparity in the severity of South Africa's sentencing laws.

He captioned the picture: "SA courts gave Mandla Chauke 77 years for killing a #rhino, #OscarPistorius six years for killing Reeva. #justice?"

In 2011, Mandla Chauke was arrested for killing three rhino calves in Kruger National Park. 

His arrest backfired and turned into an exchange of gunfire with his team and the police, which ultimately killed his associate Samson Msimango.

The 77-year sentence was one of the heaviest seen. It was aimed at preventing illegal trade of animals in the future and also to protect poaching laws in South Africa.

However, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter and given a five year sentence by an appeals court in 2014. 

But today's ruling upgraded his sentence to murder, which can see the guilty spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars. Oscar was sentenced to six.

Now, the murder of a rhino for profit is inexcusable. It's horrible and undeniably cruel. Nevertheless, the contrast between both sentences is something to think about.

Kevin's tweet has been retweeted nearly 2,000 times.

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After the trauma of her daughter's killing – not to mention a high-profile murder trial that gripped the world – June Steenkamp travels to Ireland this weekend.

Appearing on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE, she will discuss Reeva's death at the hands of her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

June is expected to talk about how the past three years have affected her family, as well as her memories of her daughter, how it felt to see Oscar Pistorius in court, and the tragic events surrounding Reeva’s death.

Also on the show this weekend is Hollywood actor Aidan Quinn, who is in town to help mark the 20th anniversary of the hit movie Michael Collins.

He will join Ray on the couch to talk about his life and career to date, including his role in Elementary, his almost 30 year marriage to actress Elizabeth Bracco and his Irish roots – his parents are from Birr, Co. Offaly.

The Ray D’Arcy Show airs on Saturday February 20 at 9.55pm on RTÉ One.

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He was released from prison just last month after less than a year behind bars, but now Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced again.

An appeals court in South Africa this morning ruled that the former Olympian is guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, meaning he could now spend up to 15 years in prison.

The family of Reeva, a South Afrtican model, spoke after today's ruling, with her father saying through tears that the new result came as a huge relief.

"For us as a family, we can get on with our lives now and I hope his family can get on with their lives now," Barry Steenkamp said.

Oscar was originally found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison, of which he served eleven months before being released on house arrest.

Reeva was shot to death through a bathroom door in the early hours of Valentine's Day, 2013. Oscar's manslaughter sentence came from his insistence that he thought she was an intruder in his home and did not know who he was firing at.

However the appeals court found that Oscar shot with an intent to kill, regardless of who his intended victim was, and so was guilty of murder.

South African law includes the concept of dolus eventualis, which means that a person can be found guilty of murder if they foresaw the possibility of someone dying through their actions.

"The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt," Justice Leach of the South African Supreme Court of Appeal said today.

It is not known yet when the former track star will return to jail. He is currently under house arrest at his uncle's home.

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He may have been given a five year sentence following a sensational trial last year, but this evening convicted killer Oscar Pistorius has been permitted to pack up his belongings and leave his prison cell. 

Spending just 11 months inside, he departed from the Pretoria Central Prison a day earlier than planned in order to thwart waiting media. 

He has now made his way to his uncle's house, where he will spend time under house arrest. 

The former Olympian killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his upmarket Pretoria home in February 2013. He was charged with murder but ultimately convicted of culpable homicide – which is largely akin to manslaughter.

Pistorius was due to be released two months ago, but international outcry at the brevity of his jail-time encouraged South African officials to intervene at the 11th hour.

Furthermore, with an appeal currently lodged with the Supreme Court, the 28-year-old will find out on November 3 if his sentence will be upgraded to that of murder – a conviction which would see him return to prison for at least 15 years.

Cape Town native Ms Steenkamp was 29 when her boyfriend shot her dead. He has always claimed he believed her to be an intruder. 

A model and reality TV star, she also studied law at university and hoped to practise once she was called to the bar. 

Her relatives have said they believe Pistorius is "getting off lightly" and that the time he served is "not enough for taking a life".

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Oscar Pistorius will serve no more than a further 74 days in prison: according to ENCA News he is due to be released on probation by August 21 following a recommendation from South Africa's correctional services department.

Charged with the culpable homicide – manslaughter – of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the Olympic athlete was jailed for five years in 2014 following a high-profile six-month trial. 

Reeva died in February 2013 at Pistorius's home. She was shot several times by her boyfriend. He has always maintained that he believed at the time of her death that she was an intruder. 

A state appeal against his acquittal on murder charges is already underway, but it is likely that that won't be before the courts until November. If successful, the so-called Blade Runner could be locked up for life.

Reacting to the news, Reeva's family said the athlete's ten months in prison is "simply not enough".

They added: "We have forgiven Mr Pistorius even though he took the life of our precious daughter Reeva.

 

"Our lives will never be the same again as live with the sadness of her death every day.

"Reeva had so much to offer this world and we were all robbed of her life when she was killed."

The statement continued: "A person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions… incarceration of ten months for taking a life is simply not enough."

Born with fibular hemimelia, both of Pistorius's legs were amputated below the knee shortly before his first birthday.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, the 28-year-old became the first athlete with both legs amputated to participate in the Olympic Games, running in the 400-metre race and the 4X400 metre relay.

Under South African law he is eligible for release under "correctional supervision" having served a sixth of his sentence. It is likely that from August he will then serve an extended period under house-arrest.

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So apparently Oscar Pistorius was messaging Katie Price during his trial.

The glamour model was speaking to 3am when she made the bizarre claims, saying: “He was direct messaging me during the case. It’s weird is’t it? He was saying, ‘Thanks for the support’ and stuff. Just all general chit-chat. He was the first one to message me.”

Katie had spoken about Oscar’s trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in her column, but has since said she wasn’t exactly “supporting” him as he seemed to think: “Because I mentioned him in my column, he was referencing that. I wasn’t exactly supporting him, but everyone who goes through a trial will be the only one who knows what really happened.”

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison for Reeva's murder on the 21st October last. 

We have to say, we never took Oscar as a regular reader of Katie’s column – but there you go.

 

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