NPA Oscar Trial appeal not final

By Drum Digital
24 October 2014

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has not decided yet if it will appeal the Oscar Pistorius matter.

"No decision has been made yet. We'll have to make a decision within 14 days of judgment," spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

Wits law professor James Grant on Friday said on Twitter that prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked for his advice on whether the State should appeal: "I can confirm Advocate Nel has consulted me for advice and assistance if he appeals. I have advised that he should appeal and agreed to assist."

He said Nel and the NPA had yet to decide on whether or not to appeal: "No doubt many other people are also being consulted and many things considered."

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide.

Following his sentencing on Tuesday, the NPA said there was an "appetite" to appeal the five-year jail sentence" "There is an appetite to appeal, and we have 14 days to consider the law and ensure the facts and the law allow us to appeal."


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