A South African judge Friday rejected the state’s appeal seeking a longer sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius who is serving a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend three years ago.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said in the High Court in Johannesburg that she was not persuaded there was a “reasonable prospect of success on appeal”. Masipa added that the evidence she had heard convinced her Pistorius was not a violent person, was unlikely to reoffend and had shown remorse.
“I grant the following order: the application for leave to appeal against the sentence is dismissed with costs,” said Masipa.
The 29-year-old was treated for wrist injuries this month after apparently falling from his bed. Prison officials said he denied trying to kill himself.
Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, by firing four bullets from a handgun through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, on Valentine’s Day in; 14 February 2013.