Prosecutors begin appeal against Pistorius sentence

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South Africa's state prosecutor sought permission to demand a prison sentence of at least 15 years for Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius as his case returned to court on Friday at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

In the new appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal, the prosecutors are demanding a longer sentence for the Olympian.


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".

Ms Johnson also said Pistorius had not shown "genuine remorse" for shooting Ms Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013. The court overturned Judge Masipa's verdict of culpable homicide - or manslaughter - and convicted Pistorius of murder.

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The "Blade Runner" claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and that he was defending himself. He has served more than a year of his six-year term.

In 2015, prosecutors successfully appealed against Masipa's judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa cited a number of mitigating factors in her reasoning behind giving the 30-year-old a six-year sentence. Prosecutors called that sentence "shockingly" light.

Asked by several judges why Pistorius fired four shots as opposed to one and never offered an explanation why, Roux argued that Pistorius's disability, his anxiety disorder, and him being over-conscious of crime should be taken into context.

"What we are saying is the court exercised its discretion inappropriately, ' prosecutor Johnson said, calling the six-year sentence 'unjust". "We can't magic away his disability".