Pistorius case: Judge rules prosecutors can appeal

Pistorius case: Judge rules prosecutors can appeal

Pistorius case: Judge rules prosecutors can appeal

Written by Ranee Mohamed

10 Dec, 2014 | 1:52 pm

A South African judge has ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the “culpable homicide” conviction of Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius.

The double-amputee was jailed for five years in October for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors could not challenge the length of the sentence given to Pistorius.

Pistorius’s lawyers had opposed the appeal request. Prosecutors are seeking a murder conviction and the case will now go before South Africa’s Supreme Court.

They have argued that Judge Thokozile Masipa misinterpreted the law when she ruled that Pistorius did not intentionally shoot Ms Steenkamp.

Photos shows: Pistorius with his uncle


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