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Oscar Pistorius won’t be eligible for parole anytime soon

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday extended the blade runner's jail term.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius leaves Pretoria High Court under heavy security after the second day of his murder trial on 4 March 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius will only be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence for murder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday extended the blade runner's jail term from six years to thirteen years and five months.

Pistorius was convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his house on Valentine's Day 2013.

In its judgment, the SCA described the initial six-year sentence handed to Pistorius as shockingly lenient.

It ruled that he must serve the minimum prescribed time for the crime.

According to the Correctional Services Act, he will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.

It’s unclear if that is counted from the day he walked into prison or from Friday (24 November).

Oscar's brother, Carl, says he will comment on Saturday after visiting him at the Atteridgeville correctional Centre.

JUSTICE FOR REEVA

Steenkamp's parents say they feel they have now got justice for their daughter.

June and Barry Steenkamp said they always had faith in the country's justice system and Friday's decision by the SCA to lengthen Pistorius jail sentence proved this.

Their spokesperson Tania Koen said: “They feel that justice has been served for Reeva and they also feel that Reeva can now rest in peace."

Koen said her parents have closure as the legal process is concerned, but they'll miss her every day.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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