South African prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict and sentence
Thursday, 6 November 2014 00:00
Reuters: 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.
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in Pretoria -Reuters
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 Pistoriusâ€™ 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.
â€śToday, we announce that the NPA will file the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence,â€ť the National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement on Tuesday.
â€śThe merits of the NPAâ€™s argument in this regard are contained in the papers that were filed with the registrar of the North Gauteng High Court today.â€ť
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, killed Steenkamp on Valentineâ€™s Day last year by firing four 9mm rounds into the door of a toilet cubicle, in what he said was the mistaken belief an intruder was hiding behind it.
Judge Masipaâ€™s decision to rule out murder was criticised by legal professionals and the Womenâ€™s League of the African National Congress (ANC) as an erroneous interpretation of the law.
â€śWe further announce, as we have indicated before, the appeal on conviction is based on a question of law,â€ť NPA spokesman Nathi Ncube told PowerFM radio.