Prosecutors bid to more than double Oscar Pistorius prison term

Prosecutors bid to more than double Oscar Pistorius prison term

The National Prosecuting Authority is arguing for Oscar Pistorius to be given a longer jail sentence, saying the six years he is serving for killing his girlfriend is "shockingly low".

Today's appeal marked the second time the Supreme Court has heard the case.

State prosecutor Andrea Johnson argued high court judge Thokozile Masipa did not take into account the brutality of the crime, and the fact that he armed himself with a high calibre weapon and ammunition which was created to "mushroom on striking a soft target such as human flesh".

Pistorius claimed he mistook Ms Steenkamp for a risky intruder hiding in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 when, without his prosthetic legs on and standing on his stumps, he shot four times through the cubicle door. The court overturned Masipa's verdict of culpable homicide — or manslaughter — and convicted Pistorius of murder.

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NOTE: This is expected to start at 10am. He has served more than a year of his six-year term.

Roux said Masipa had addressed the misperception that Pistorius deliberately killed Steenkamp.

Roux told the SCA that trial Judge Thokozile Masipa had taken all factors into account when she sentenced Pistorius.

In 2015, they successfully appealed against her judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder.

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Defence lawyers claimed, however, that the six-year term is appropriate.

They were asked by the judges to also present their arguments for why, if their appeal is allowed, his sentence should be increased.

The prosecution argued on Friday that Pistorius's disability was no reason for a milder sentence and that he had not shown genuine remorse.

The six-time Paralympic champion was not present at today's appeal hearing in front of the five-judge-panel.

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He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby. We know the disability is pervasive.

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