Oscar Pistorius: Appeal over ‘lenient’ sentence

Oscar Pistorius: Appeal over ‘lenient’ sentence

South African prosecutors say they will take court action in order to secure a longer prison sentence for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.

He was jailed for six years earlier this month for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Prosecutors argue that Pistorius’ sentence is inappropriate for the crime of murder and “shockingly too lenient”.

They also argue that the sentence is unjust and could bring the justice system into disrepute.

Pistorius was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December.

He admitted shooting her, but said he had mistaken Ms Steenkamp for an intruder and acted out of fear.