State to appeal Oscar's sentence in SCA

2016-09-15 15:45
Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria,after being sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Marco Longari, Pool AFP)

Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria,after being sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Marco Longari, Pool AFP)

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Bloemfontein – The State will challenge Oscar Pistorius's six year jail term in the Supreme Court of Appeal, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.

“Today [Thursday] they filed papers in the High Court in Pretoria as a matter of formality and tomorrow they will be filing them in the Appeal's Court,” NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said.

On July 6, Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

In her sentencing, Masipa said that, while the crime committed was serious, a long term of imprisonment will not serve justice in this case.

In October 2014, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years behind bars for culpable homicide.

On December 3 last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that it agreed with the State. It overturned Masipa’s verdict and changed it to murder.

In the early hours of February 14, 2013, Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through the locked door of the toilet in his Silver Woods Country Estate home.

He claimed he thought there was an intruder behind the door about to emerge and harm him, and that Reeva was still in bed.

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