Oscar Pistorius has today had his sentence for murdering his girlfriend more than doubled, after a court ruled that his previous punishment was too lenient.

A South African appeals court has increased the Paralympic athlete’s prison time from six years to 13 years and five months.

Pistorius, 31, shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

The shamed ‘Blade Runner’ now faces a return to a maximum security jail dominated by violent gangs, where he previously served a year in fear for his life.

Supreme Court of Appeal judges were ‘unanimous’ in sentencing Pistorius to South Africa’s minimum 15 years for murder, ruling Pistorius’ six year punishment sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp had been ‘inappropriate’, Judge Willie Seriti said.

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