Prosecutors begin appeal against Pistorius sentence

South Africa's state prosecutor will seek a harsher prison sentence for jailed paralympian Oscar Pistorius

She asked them to overturn Pistorius' initial sentence and give him the prescribed minimum of 15 years.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein is on Friday expected to hear the States' appeal to have Oscar Pistorius' jail term lengthened.

Pistorius was re-sentenced past year after prosecutors successfully argued that his conviction should be upgraded from culpable homicide to murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa cited a number of mitigating factors in her reasoning behind giving the 30-year-old a six-year sentence.

But the State still feels that the Pistorius has not been punished harshly enough, calling the sentence imposed by the North Gauteng High Court "shockingly lenient".

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

The appeal judges will rule at a later date.

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Legal analysts say, however, it is more hard to get the court to change a sentence. The prosecution says there were no compelling reasons.

"We don't have substantial and compelling circumstances to justify a lesser sentence", chief porsecutor Andrea Johnson told the courtroom.

The six-time Paralympic champion was not present at today's appeal hearing in front of the five-judge-panel.

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. "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 claimed he shot dead Ms. Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar at his home in the capital Pretoria.

He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby.

"Of course his disability is mentioned, but it can't not be mentioned", defense lawyer Kelly Phelps said. We know the disability is pervasive.

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