Brother 'heartbroken' at Pistorius sentence

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South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal increased the prison sentence of Oscar Pistorius from six years to 15 years on Friday morning.

Pistorius was found guilty of shooting and killing his girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius bursts into tears as he is charged, denying murder "in the strongest terms".

The self-proclaimed gun enthusiast had fired four shots through his bathroom door, claiming that he believed there was an intruder in the bathroom. Ten days later, Pistorius vomits when a picture of Steenkamp's body is flashed on the court's television screens. The respondent [Pistorius] failed to take the court fully into his confidence. This is followed by five days of often intense cross-examination, marked by bouts of tears and breaks in the session.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed by Oscar Pistorious in his home.

June 30: After a six-week break, a panel of three psychiatrists and a psychologist conclude Pistorius does not suffer from mental illness.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria South Africa after a judge passed a new sentence of six years imprisonment after his conviction was changed to murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Brother 'heartbroken' at Pistorius sentence

Judge Thokozile Masipa initially ruled the state had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the double amputee was guilty of premeditated murder, but may still be guilty of culpable homicide - equivalent to the United Kingdom law of manslaughter. Masipa was also the judge who handed down the original manslaughter sentence.

He returned behind bars after his conviction, and is being held at a prison in Pretoria.

He was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide, and was eventually released from prison and placed under house arrest. Then the prosecutors appealed his conviction and asked for a murder conviction from the supreme court of appeal which was granted in 2016.

August 14: South African media reports say Pistorius is put on 24-hour suicide watch.

The court instead issued Pistorius with the minimum 15-year sentence for the crime, reducing it to 13 years and five months to account for the time he has already been incarcerated.

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