Oscar Pistorius May Get Stiffer Sentence If Appeal Succeeds

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Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a sentence last month for his part in the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, may get a stiffer sentence if the prosecutor’s request to appeal his conviction and request re-sentencing succeeds. Pistorius received a sentence of five years for Steenkamp’s death, whom he said he mistook for a robber hiding in his bathroom in his Pretoria apartment in February 2013. At the current sentence, he will be eligible for house arrest after 10 months. He is serving his sentence at the Kgosi Mampuru II in Pretoria, South Africa.

The National Prosecuting Agency’s spokesperson Nathi Mncube said the prosecution was based on the question of law. He did not provide additional details. The application documents filed indicate that the prosecution believes Judge Thokozile Masipa placed too much focus on Pistorius’s physical disability and psychological condition rather than the fact that he had ended Steenkamp’s life.

If the prosecutor’s request to appeal Oscar Pistorius’s current sentence succeeds, the National Prosecuting Agency will seek a stiffer sentence. The prosecution would have to convince judge Masipa that a different court could have arrived at a different conclusion. If the judge fails to give permission for the appeal, the NPA can petition South Africa’s Supreme Court to hear the matter.

Pistorius had both of his legs amputated at the age of 11 months below the knees. He competed in many athletic events in his early life, gaining recognition as a competitive runner in the Paralympic category. His persistent efforts to convince the IAAF to allow him to compete with the able-bodied in international competitions bore fruit. He became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world-track medal at the 2011 Athletics World Championships. At the summer Paralympics in the same year, he won gold medals in men’s 400-meter race, and also in the 4 x 100 meters relay, setting world records in both events.

June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, expressed disappointment when Judge Masipa dismissed the murder charges against Pistorius in September. She said that he had gotten off too easily. She told NBC at the time that while the court believed his story, she did not . She added that she did not care what would happen to him since whatever happened to him would not bring her daughter back.

After the appeal was filed, however, June Steenkamp said that her family would like to talk to Pistorius. According to a report in the Daily News, she said they would like to personally question Pistorius over the murder of their daughter. She said he had asked to speak to them during the trial period but they did not feel they were ready at the time.

Many South Africans expressed shock at Judge Masipa’s decision to jail Pistorius for five years for the culpable murder of Steenkamp last month. According to TIME, South Africans voiced their anger through radio station talk shows and Twitter, with some callers stating that all murderers would be lucky to have Judge Masipa to preside over their cases. The International Paralympic Committee that awarded Pistorius six medals during his career said he will be banned for five years. The decision by the National Prosecuting Agency to appeal for a stiffer sentence for Oscar Pistorius may offer some form of satisfaction to those who feel that he got off too easily with SteenKamp’s murder if the appeal succeeds.

By Benedicto Ateku

Sources:
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8 Responses to "Oscar Pistorius May Get Stiffer Sentence If Appeal Succeeds"

  1. Pamela Lillian Valemont   November 8, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Some important mathematical facts about this case. All numbers have positive and negative effects. However, take particular notice of the following: Judge Masipa is not only a Libran, the sign of the balanced scales of Justice, but she was born in ’47. This Master Number 47 is one of the Master 11= Justice numbers, (4+7=11) – the Master 11 equates with the Justice Card in the Tarot Deck, which shows the Roman Numeral XI =11. When you read my book, http://www.lulu.com/shop/pamela-lillian-valemont/oscar-pistorius-reeva-steenkamp-a-double-tragedy/paperback/product-21875048.html you will see that the surname “Pistorius” carries a Master 47/11 vibration in the English language. You will also see that the Master 47/11 is the Soul Number or value of the vowels in the full birth name of Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius. The word “Christian” carries a Master 47/11 vibration in the English language. At the time of the decision being handed down by Judge Masipa, Oscar was undergoing a Master 47/11 Personal Month. His Personal Year is 22/11/2013 – his last birthday = 39/3. Add the number 8 for his 8th Personal Month which began on the 22nd of August and ran to the 22nd of September, and you will arrive at the Master 47/11. (39+8=47/11). Furthermore, Oscar was in the Death Cycle, ruled by the 13th card in the Tarot Deck, the Death card, and mediated through the Master Number 47, at the time of his incarceration as a result of being found guilty of culpable homicide. The cycle he is currently in, at time of writing, ruling the last four months leading up to his birthday on the 22nd of November, 2014 shows this. The Number 13/4 is mediated through the last two digits in bold type, which is the Master 47/11.

    2013 – Oscar’s last birthday before incarceration
    34+ Soul or value of the vowels in the name Oscar Pistorius
    2047= 13/4

    So, you see, it doesn’t matter one bit what anyone else says about this verdict; clearly, Judge Masipa was the one meant to take this case, in a higher, heavenly court of law, and she brought down the correct verdict. The rest of the explanation for the verdict is in the book: the Master 38/11 connection numerologically is there linking Roux, Masipa and Oscar. Words like “prayer” and “winner” have the Master 38/11 vibration in the English language.

    An appeal was reportedly lodged on 4th November, 2014. This date is only 18 days before Oscar’s birthday. I would think that, unless the actual outcome of the appeal falls before Oscar’s birthday on 22nd November, 2014, the appeal will not be upheld. Things seem to be getting better for Oscar after his next birthday in 2014, not worse. Because of the short time frame between date of lodgement and things getting better for Oscar after 22nd November, 2014, this would indicate that, at least in regard to the culpable homicide conviction, the appeal will be dismissed. That decision will not be overturned and changed to a murder conviction.

    Pamela Lillian Valemont the world’s first Forensic Numerological Criminal Profiler. Book available on Lulu, Amazon, Nook, iBookstore.

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  2. Brian   November 7, 2014 at 5:13 am

    The court system is quite a bit different in South Africa, and the appeals court would do well to INCREASE his sentence. They may do just that, as public opinion seems to be against Pistorius. He should probably let sleeping dogs lie.

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  3. Brian   November 7, 2014 at 5:09 am

    This man must have a severe drug addiction, to do what he did. How could someone be so paranoid as to shoot thru the bathroom door? Sounds like he planned it, because who carries a gun into the loo?

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  4. anon   November 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    They got more justice than me, my dad done two months out of four years for killing my mum and may I add in front of me age 3 or 4 and my sister 6 or 7, I’m now 44 with ptsd, (diagnosed ptsd since 2010) we were sent back to the UK from Botswana. :'( :@

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  5. Larry Torrejos   November 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    All Oscar’s whining and drama did not detract from the fact that he stole Reeva’s life from her and need’s to spend the next 15 to 25 years in prison thinking about it!

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  6. zainon chtaibi   November 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Pistorius is a lucky man to get 5 years for the murder of Reeva. Reeva was hiding in the bathroom and locked herself coz she knew Pistorius was coming after her. In any case it is irony for any women to lock the bathroom when they are with the loved ones.

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  7. Mags Mum   November 6, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I agree and only one person believed aside from his family of course and that is the stupid Judge.Justice never stops till this man pays what he deserves.

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  8. Gareth O'Toole   November 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Never heard as much bull in my entire life. He knew exactly what he was doing. He should have got life. Life being life in jail, too

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