Tuesday, 4 November 2014

SA Prosecutors Appeal Pistorius Sentence



The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month, Reuters reports.

Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of Pistorius' intent to kill when he fired through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home, leading to a conviction for negligent killing and a five-year jail term.

"Today, we announce that the NPA will file the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence," the National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The merits of the NPA’s argument in this regard are contained in the papers that were filed with the registrar of the North Gauteng High Court today."

"We further announce, as we have indicated before, the appeal on conviction is based on a question of law," NPA spokesman Nathi Ncube told PowerFM radio.

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