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Prosecutors had told the court Pistorius' disability had been "overemphasised" by a judge and that the original 2016 sentence was far too lenient on the double-amputee.
“Murder is murder,” chief prosecutor Andrea Johnson told a five-judge panel.
Here in the UK, male violence has been responsible for the deaths of more than 900 women over a six-year period.
The court overturned her verdict of culpable homicide – or manslaughter – and convicted Pistorius of murder.
Pistorius has claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in his bathroom during the morning of the shooting.
“The accused,” said Masipa, “is the only person who can say what his state of mind was at the time he fired the shots that killed the deceased”.
No one can say how Steenkamp was feeling back then. It’s testimony to the determination of Steenkamp’s family and supporters that her murderer finally faces a sentence that goes some way to reflecting the value of his victim’s life.While many still wish to see this as the Oscar Pistorius Show – the , for instance, is currently reporting on “How Oscar Pistorius went from Olympic and Paralympic icon to world's most famous murderer” – more and more of us are unwilling to make this all about him. A man who shoots his girlfriend through a locked door isn’t some modern-day Hamlet.