November 24, 2017 / 8:43 AM / 8 months ago

'There is justice,' Steenkamps say after Pistorius sentence doubled

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The family of murdered model Reeva Steenkamp welcomed the increased sentence of 13 years and five months handed down on Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Friday and said it showed that justice could prevail in South Africa.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, look on as Oscar Pistorius reacts during the third day of his resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva, in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool/Files

“This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning,” Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, told Reuters.

Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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