The family of model Reeva Steenkamp are happy that disgraced paralympic Oscar Pistorius jail sentence for killing her in 2013 has been more than double.
The Appeal Court has handed down the mandatory 15 years for murder in South Africa.
With time served, Pistorius has been jailed for 13 years and five months.
Reeva Steenkamp’s parents June and Barry say that justice has been served by the heavier sentence handed down to her murderer
They add that the can now get on with their lives.
However, the drama does not necessarily end here.
Pistorius could petition the Constitutional Court to review the Appeal Court decision.
Gerrie Nel, the aggressive prosecutor nicknamed the Rottweiler , says the tougher sentence has affirmed his faith in South Africa’s justice system.
Nel, who now prepares private prosecutions for a rightwing pressure group, brought the appeal saying the six year sentence handed down to Pistorius was shockingly lenient.
Appeal Court judge Willie Seriti agreed.
The full bench of judges found the trial judge Thokozile Masipa had taken too much account of Pistorius’s disability and had erred in believing that fear of an intruder had provoked him to fire four shots through a bathroom door killing Steenkamp.
Her original verdict of manslaughter was overturned by the Appeal Court in 2015. Ordered to impose a sentence for murder, she found substantial and compelling reasons to hand down a sentence of six years.
Seriti said Pistorius had failed to use an opportunity in court to explain his actions and wasnot remorseful.