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  Oscar Pistorius in pickle

Oscar Pistorius in pickle

AFP
Published : Jul 21, 2016, 11:45 pm IST
Updated : Jul 21, 2016, 11:45 pm IST

South African prosecutors said on Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as “shockingly too

Oscar Pistorius is led away by the police in a file photo. (Photo: AP)
 Oscar Pistorius is led away by the police in a file photo. (Photo: AP)

South African prosecutors said on Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as “shockingly too lenient”.

After he was sentenced earlier this month, Pistorius’ lawyers said the double-amputee Olympic sprinter would not appeal against the term, which was criticised by many activists as too short.

“The sentence of six years imprisonment, in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed (and) shockingly too lenient,” the National Prosecuting Authority said in a strongly worded statement.

The NPA added that the sentence was “an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute”, saying that it would file papers to apply for leave to appeal on Thursday.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

At the sentencing, High Court judge Thokozile Masipa listed several mitigating factors for giving him to less than half the minimum 15-year term for murder, including the athlete’s claim he believed he was shooting an intruder.

He was released from the same jail last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter. But an appeals court upgraded his conviction to murder in December.

Location: South Africa, Gauteng, Johannesburg