Pistorius’s lawyers tight-lipped over possible bail application

2015-12-04 17:16
Oscar Pistorius (File, AP)

Oscar Pistorius (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers remained tight-lipped on Friday over his possible bail application.

“I’m not speaking to reporters. We are trying to work,” his lawyer Brian Webber told News24.

Earlier on Friday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it wanted Pistorius to appear in court soon and receive a harsher sentence.

Prosecutors have been engaged in deliberations since Thursday's ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein overturned Judge Thokozile Masipa’s sentence.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said earlier they wanted the process to be concluded as soon as possible.

“We are currently deliberating and facilitating a process where he [Pistorius] appears in court soon for a date for the sentencing to be arranged.”

He said during their discussions on the matter, the issue of Pistorius applying for bail arose, but the decision ultimately rested with the judge president.

Broadcaster eNCA reported on Friday afternoon that a warrant of arrest was issued for Pistorius and it would be enforced next week when he was reportedly expected to apply for bail.

The NPA could not be immediately reached to confirm this to News24.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday ruled in favour of the State, setting aside a 2014 culpable homicide conviction by a high court.

The unanimous judgment was clear - Pistorius gambled with the life of the person behind the toilet door by firing four shots with a heavy calibre firearm into a small space.

It referred the matter back to the trial court to deal with sentencing.

The SCA’s ruling comes almost three years after Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

He spent a year in prison and was released in October to serve the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest.

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