State to appeal Oscar's 'shockingly too lenient' sentence as family reveal he's 'at peace' in prison hospital wing

By admin
21 July 2016

The National Prosecuting Authority will appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year jail sentence, it was announced on Thursday.

"The NPA has decided to file an application for leave to appeal," it said in a statement.

It said the sentence was "shockingly too lenient".

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Oscar was sentenced on July 6 for fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was initially convicted of culpable homicide and received a five-year sentence, but the Supreme Court of Appeal last year ruled that the conviction should be murder and that he should be re-sentenced.

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Judge Thokozila Masipa then sentenced him to six years in jail.

Since then, Oscra has been serving his time in the hospital wing of Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria, where Pistorius family told MailOnline the 29-year-old is "coping fine".

"He is finding things much easier, he is mentally much better prepared and an easier place in his mind, he is at peace with where he is," an unnamed relative told the UK outlet.

"He is hoping to be able to concentrate on his studies and is getting a lot of comfort from his faith. He will be strong and get through this time with more peace of mind."

News24

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