State granted leave to appeal Pistorius conviction

2014-12-10 09:53
Oscar Pistorius (File: AP)

Oscar Pistorius (File: AP)

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Appeal unlikely to result in lesser sentence for Pistorius

2014-12-10 08:00

Criminal law expert William Booth explains that this appeal process - if granted - will most likely not see a reduced sentence for Pistorius. If anything, Pistorius may walk away with a murder conviction instead of his current culpable homicide conviction. WATCH

Pretoria - Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled prosecutors can appeal Oscar Pistorius's conviction.

However, Masipa dismissed the State’s bid to appeal his sentencing.

Masipa was responding to arguments on whether to allow prosecutors in the Pistorius case to appeal her verdict and sentence on the Olympic runner, who was acquitted of the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In October, Masipa convicted Pistorius of the lesser charge of culpable homicide and sentenced him to a five-year prison term. He could be released from prison to be held under house arrest after 10 months.

Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home on Valentine's Day last year. He said he thought a dangerous intruder was in the house; prosecutors allege he killed his girlfriend after an argument.

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