Prosecutors File Appeal Against Pistorius Verdict & Sentence

South African prosecutors say they have filed an appeal against the sentence and conviction of Oscar Pistorius, two weeks after he was sentenced to five years in jail for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend.

The National Prosecuting Authority said it filed the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence.

“The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law,” it said in a statement.

If Oscar Pistorius is Found Guilty of Murder, He could Serve  at Least 15 Years in Jail. Image: AP.
If Oscar Pistorius is Found Guilty of Murder, He could Serve at Least 15 Years in Jail. Image: AP.

The athlete was charged with manslaughter after shooting dead his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year.

Judge Thokolize Masipa, while giving her verdict on September 12, cleared the double amputee Olympic and Paralympics athlete of murder, saying the state had failed to prove his intent to kill.

Pistorius had said he fired four rounds through the door of a toilet cubicle mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder at his home in Pretoria.

He started serving his prison sentence on October 21 and is eligible to serve ten months in prison, with the rest under house arrest under the current terms.

If found guilty of murder, he could be handed a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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