Should Oscar Pistorius' jail term be lengthened?

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The legal push was made in earnest yesterday to increase Pistorius' jail time for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was imprisoned in July a year ago after being found guilty on appeal of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down a verdict of culpable homicide in September 2014, and the following month sentenced Pistorius to five years.

First, they needed to apply for permission to appeal against Pistorius's sentence.

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In 2015, they successfully appealed against her judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder.

Almost five years after the once-admired Olympic runner first appeared in court for shooting Ms Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door at his home, his fate is still not certain.

The court did not set a date for when it would rule on whether the appeal can be heard or not.

"One can only guess, the defence will say he was convicted of dolus eventualis so the court is compelled to remain with six years imprisonment". Prosecutors called that sentence "shockingly" light.

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"The State doesn't believe that compelling circumstances were shown", Roux added. "Understandably they were not ready for him.It would be very unfair to say you don't have remorse or regret", Advocate Barry Roux, for Pistorius argued.

Pistorius, who rose to fame as the first amputee to take part in the Olympic Games in 2012, is now serving a six-year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, at his home on Valentine's Day 2013.

Masipa's initial sentence was appropriate in the circumstances, Pistorius' defense lawyers said, and his disability was not exaggerated. He had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition. "We can't magic away his disability".

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