Oscar's appeal has 'no reasonable prospect of success' - State

2016-01-25 15:32

Cape Town - The State has filed an affidavit to oppose Oscar Pistorius's bid to appeal his conviction of murder with the Consitutional Court, eNCA reports.

According to eNCA, the State said that it was in the interests of justice that Pistorius be sentenced on the crime he has committed, and that Pistorius does not have reasonable prospect of success in his appeal bid, as Pistorius's appeal arguments are without merit and contrived.

Pistorius is currently out on bail of R10 000 and is expected to head back to the High Court in Pretoria on April 18 for sentencing proceedings. 

This after the Supreme Court of Appeal in December changed his culpable homicide conviction to one of murder.

The Paralympian was also given an electronic monitoring tag and is only allowed to travel within a radius of 20km from his uncle's Waterkloof home, where he was previously staying under correctional supervision for his original sentence of culpable homicide.

Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux had previously indicated that they intended to file an appeal with the Constitutional Court, and if that was unsuccessful they would return to the High Court for sentencing.

Pistorius faces a minimum of 15 years for the murder, unless he provides substantial and compelling reasons to the High Court to deviate from that.

He shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the door of a toilet cubicle in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Pistorius has already served one sixth of a five-year sentence he was handed after being found guilty of culpable homicide. 

He was released from jail in October.

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