NPA will appeal Oscar Pistorius sentencing

2016-07-21 12:01
Oscar Pistorius kisses his sister Aimee after his sentence is read out in the High Court in Pretoria. (AFP)

Oscar Pistorius kisses his sister Aimee after his sentence is read out in the High Court in Pretoria. (AFP)

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WATCH: The moment Oscar Pistorius was read his sentence

2016-07-06 16:00

Watch the moment paralympian Oscar Pistorius was handed down his six-year prison sentence by Judge Masipa on Wednesday, for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. WATCH

Pretoria - 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".

Pistorius 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.

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

- Click here for the full text of the State's appeal papers.

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