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Oscar Pistorius jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled

Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp in 2013 (Image credit: REUTERS)

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short. The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his sentence be increased to 15 years, less time already served. Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp ...

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Oscar Pistorius: Prosecutors appeal for longer sentence

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South African prosecutors are appealing for a longer sentence for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. They told the Supreme Court of Appeal the six-year sentence was “shockingly light” and he should get 15 years. Defence lawyers say the sentence handed down by a lower court is appropriate. Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in ...

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: NZ ‘blade runner’ beats Pistorius record

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Malone's blades were bought from donations from members of the public

New Zealand’s Liam Malone has broken a Paralympic Games record held by South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius. The 22-year-old, from Nelson, won gold in the men’s 200m T44 final in Rio in a time of 21.06 seconds. Pistorius’ record was 21.30 seconds. Victory gave Nelson his second medal of the Games and New Zealand’s third gold of the day. He won ...

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Oscar Pistorius denied leave to appeal for Steenkamp murder

Oscar Pistorius is now due to be sentenced in April  (Image credit: AFP/Getty)

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Constitutional Court has made the ruling, meaning Pistorius will now be sentenced in April. Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door. A manslaughter verdict was overturned in December and a ...

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Oscar Pistorius verdict changed to murder

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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict. He killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting her four times through a locked toilet door. He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail. Pistorius will have ...

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Oscar Pistorius released from prison under house arrest

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South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released under house arrest nearly one year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend, prison officials say. He is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle’s home in Pretoria. He shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but said he ...

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Oscar Pistorius’ early release blocked by minister

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South Africa’s justice minister has blocked the early release of athlete Oscar Pistorius from prison on Friday. He said the decision by the parole board to free the athlete after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence was premature and without legal basis. It could now take months for the board to review its decision, legal sources told the BBC. ...

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Oscar Pistorius out on probation in August

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Oscar Pistorius is set to be released on probation on 21 August, South African prison authorities say, after serving 10 months in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend. The Paralympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. Ms Steenkamp’s parents have said that the time he has served is “not enough for ...

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Diamond League promoter rules out future Pistorius invite

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Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to be welcome at future Diamond League events, a promoter of the series says. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide after a judge ruled he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake. The 27-year-old faces up to 15 years in jail, although the judge could suspend the sentence or only impose a fine, allowing him to compete again. ...

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IPC will allow Pistorius to compete at Rio Paralympics

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Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games if he is not in jail, the International Paralympic Committee has revealed. The South African, 27, was found guilty of culpable homicide on Friday after the judge ruled he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake. Sentencing will take place on 13 October, but Pistorius could compete at Rio if ...

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