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Was the court right to change Oscar Pistorius’ sentence?

Screenshot from ABC News' YouTube video: Oscar Pistorius Case: Murder or Mistake?

Friday, we may have seen the final chapter in the fall from grace of Oscar Pistorius. The former South African track star, who was the first amputee to run in the Olympic Games, had his sentence for murder more than doubled, to 13 years, 5 months, by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal. His original sentence was six years in prison. Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013, when he shot her multiple times from outside a locked door. Pistorius claimed he thought she was an intruder, and he was originally convicted of manslaughter. The Supreme Court overruled his conviction and changed it to murder in 2015. The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years in South Africa. The court took into account the 19 months he was under house arrest when delivering their sentence. He will be eligible for parole in the year 2023. Given his original sentence was six years, a question comes to mind. Was the court right to change his sentence?

ABC News covering the case of Oscar Pistorius four years ago:

The Issue

Was the court right to change his sentence? Did the court treat him like everyone else? Or was he singled out because he was a white celebrity in South Africa?

Page 2: Arguments for the court’s decision

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