Oscar's family to abide by ruling

By admin
10 December 2014

Oscar Pistorius's family on Wednesday said they would abide by the High Court in Pretoria's decision to allow the State to appeal the paralympian's conviction.

"We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling," his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a one-line statement.

Earlier, Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the State's application to appeal Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction, but dismissed the application to appeal his five-year jail sentence.

"The application for leave to appeal against sentence is dismissed," she said.

However, on the application against his conviction, she said: "I am satisfied that the points raised by the applicant [the State] are indeed a question of law."

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will deal with the matter at a date yet to be determined.

On October 21, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years in jail for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He shot her dead through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

The State filed papers last month calling for a heavier conviction and harsher sentence.


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