Oscar Pistorius to appeal increased sentence

Former South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will appeal his increased prison sentence in the country’s Constitutional Court, local news outlets report.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on 24 November set aside the six-year imprisonment sentence initially imposed on the former athlete by the Pretoria High Court last year, and replaced it with 13 years and five months.

The judges ruled that the original sentence was “shockingly lenient”.

Pistorius shot his girlfriend dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013‚ when he fired four times through the door of his toilet. He however defended himself by saying he had mistaken her for a burglar.

He was originally convicted of culpable homicide in 2014‚ but after strong condemnation from rights groups in the country, the SCA upgraded his conviction to murder in 2015.

Reuters reports legal analysts to say the 31-year-old could appeal to the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s topmost legal authority, but they say his chances of success as slim.