South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years of prison over 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The verdict down after the South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals overturns the previous decision of a lower court last September 2014 sentencing the athlete guilty for homicide.
Previous decision sentenced the most famous Paralympic Olympian to five years in prison for culpable homicide, stating that Pistorius negligently shot Steenkamp, but insisted that he didn’t do it intentionally.
But the country’s Supreme Court of Appeals changed the decision and ruled the defendant to six years in prison for murder, the Court of Appeals’ judge states Pistorius should have known that the time he fired his gun would killed whoever behind the door, regardless of who he thought it was. This is the reason why court handed the Olympian guilty for murder.
The minimum prison sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but the prosecution has called for no less. But the defense tried to have a shorter sentence for the defendant by arguing the disability and emotional state as mitigating factors.
In his dramatic scenes for his sentencing hearing last June, Pistorius hobbled across the court without prosthetic legs and supported by his defense attorney Barry Roux before the judge and state that his client was a broken man that deserved leniency.
The case was brought to the court three years ago, after the Olympian gold medalist fired four bullets through his door, killing his law-student girlfriend Steenkamp.
The track star mistook his girlfriend as an intruder and feared for his life, reason to fired gun through the door.