June Steenkamp, the mother of the girlfriend whom Oscar Pistorius shot and killed on Valentine’s Day 2013, said she does not care about the prosecution’s appeal over Pistorius’ sentence that it deemed “shockingly light.”
“How is it going to help me?” she said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, which reported that she is not seeking revenge against the double amputee. “I don’t want him to suffer in any way, because he’s a disabled person.”
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, could spend less than a year in prison with the rest of his current sentence for a culpable homicide conviction under correctional supervision such as house arrest.
An appeal is reportedly set to be heard in South African court Friday.
If successful, the appeal could change Pistorius’ conviction from culpable homicide to murder, meaning he could serve at least 15 years in jail.
Pistorius shot four times through a bathroom door, hitting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp inside, on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder behind the door.
He is barred from competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.