A South African court has increased Oscar Pistorius’ sentence to 13 years for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
She “can now rest in peace,” Tania Koen, her family’s spokeswoman said Friday. “This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning,” Koen told Reuters.
Pistorius was initially given a six-year sentence for murder back in 2016. The Supreme Court increased his sentence to fifteen years, but deducted the time he had already spent in prison or under house arrest, making it 13 years and 5 months.
“I find it difficult on the evidence to accept that the respondent is genuinely remorseful,” Supreme Court Justice Seriti wrote in his decision.
Mr. Pistorius argued that he had accidentally shot Ms. Steenkamp, firing four bullets through a bathroom door thinking that an intruder had entered his home in Pretoria. Only when he smashed down the door, he said at his trial, did he discover that he had shot his girlfriend.
Prosecutors said he had killed her out of jealousy after an argument back in early 2013.
The 31-year-old sprinter was not in court to hear the sentence.