Oscar Pistorius will appeal murder sentence after court more than doubles punishment

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Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and his legal team believe the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) breached his right to a fair trial‚ because it "impermissibly disregarded or ignored material factual findings" the Pretoria High Court made.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) successfully appealed to the Supreme Court last month to have his sentence increased from the six years handed down by the High Court.

On Monday (19 December), Pistorius filed papers at the Constitutional Court to challenge his increased sentence, News24 reported.

Oscar Pistorius is appealing against his recently-lengthened prison sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to South African media.

The SCA said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years (the minimum for murder) when he was first sentenced, but the appeal court said it took into account the time he had already served since then by sentencing him to 13 years.

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He was initially sentenced to six years for culpable homicide in 2014, a prison term that prosecutors described as "shockingly lenient".

Pistorius served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.

It's understood the State will oppose the appeal if the Constitutional Court grants Pistorius access.

The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail.

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