State prosecutors will head to Supreme Court of Appeal to challenge Oscar Pistorius murder sentence
State prosecutors will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to challenge Oscar Pistorius’ six-year murder sentence after failing with a similar bid at a lower court, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.
JUST IN #OscarPistorius the prosecution team has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal to appeal Pistorius’s six year sentence. BB
— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) September 15, 2016
NPA to petition SCA for right to appeal #OscarPistorius sentence - but papers will be filed tomorrow.
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) September 15, 2016
State prosecutors, led by advocate Gerrie Nel, will file an application to appeal on Friday, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said.
Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed a request by state prosecutors to appeal Pistorius’ sentence last month, saying she was not persuaded that there was a reasonable prospect of success at another court.
Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on appeal last December. He had initially received a five-year sentence for culpable homicide in 2014.
The jail term was less than half the 15 years sought by prosecutors, who said Pistorius had shown no remorse for the 2013 shooting.