Oscar Pistorious has prison sentence increased to 13 years

Oscar Pistorius was originally jailed for six years after he was found guilty of murder for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius, the former Paralympian track runner who murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four years ago, has had his sentence more than doubled to 13 years and five months.

Prosecutors had argued that the initial six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short.

Ms Nazreen Shaik Peremanov, a constitutional law don in South Africa, said Pistorius could appeal the latest sentence at the country's highest court: the Constitutional Court. An appeals court changed that verdict to murder in December 2015, according to the BBC. "They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning", family spokesperson Tania Koen told Reuters.

There was outrage across South Africa in 2014 when he was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide, which is essentially the same as manslaughter, and only served 10 months before he was released on house arrest.

The ruling added that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions".

The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice". Pistorius won't be eligible for parole for at least six years.

"I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment", legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but individual judges can lower the sentence if there are "substantial and compelling" reasons to do so.

Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria, and did not attend any of the appeal hearings. Investigators nearly immediately presented a different version of events, as neighbors heard a loud quarrel in Pistorius' house and called the police two hours before the tragedy.

Pistorius was jailed in July 2016 after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

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