Fresh bid to get a longer jail term for Oscar Pistorius

The Paralympian could have been jailed for life for killing his girlfriend but the judge decided six years would be sufficient.

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves the court after his sentence hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Longari/Pool
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves the court after his sentence hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Longari/Pool

Prosecutors in South Africa are to make a fresh attempt to get Oscar Pistorius’ six-year murder sentence increased.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will file papers on Friday.

Two weeks ago, it asked the country’s High Court to overturn Pistorius’ sentence but the request was thrown out.

Now it is taking its case to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The 29-year-old runner shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

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He initially served one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter, but the conviction was later overturned by an appeals court.

Pistorius was then convicted of the more serious charge of murder.

He could have been jailed for life but Judge Thokozile Masipa decided six years would be sufficient.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15:  Judge Thokozile Masipa looks on during the third day of Oscar Pistorius' resentencing hearing at Pretoria High Court on June 15, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. Having had his conviction upgraded to murder in December 2015, Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius is attending his sentencing hearing and will be returned to jail for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14th 2013. The hearing is expected to last five days. (Photo by Siphiwe Sibeko - Pool/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 15: Judge Thokozile Masipa looks on during the third day of Oscar Pistorius’ resentencing hearing at Pretoria High Court on June 15, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. Having had his conviction upgraded to murder in December 2015, Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius is attending his sentencing hearing and will be returned to jail for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14th 2013. The hearing is expected to last five days. (Photo by Siphiwe Sibeko – Pool/Getty Images)

The sentence provoked outrage and the NPA announced it would seek a longer term.

Pistorius has always insisted the shooting was a mistake, saying he thought an intruder had entered his home and he feared for his safety.

He fired four shots through a locked toilet door, hitting Ms Steenkamp in the head, hip and arm.

June Steenkamp (L), mother of the murdered Reeva Steenkamp, sits in court ahead of the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria March 3, 2014. Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most recognisable athletes. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
June Steenkamp (L), mother of the murdered Reeva Steenkamp, sits in court ahead of the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria March 3, 2014. Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most recognisable athletes. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA – Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Pistorius claimed in court it was only when he battered down the door with a cricket bat that he realised who was behind it.

Last month Pistorius denied “speculations” of a suicide attempt after he was treated at a private hospital in Pretoria for injuries suffered in jail.

The Olympian and Paralympian was rushed to Kalafong Hospital from his prison cell in Pretoria.

He apparently told officials he had hurt himself falling out of bed.

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