The Oscar Pistorius case is back in court as state is requesting for permission to appeal the Paralympic athlete’s 6-year sentence.
Apparently, the state thinks the sentence handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa in July is not commensurate with the crime committed.
Pistorius‚ who shot his girlfriend Steenkamp dead through a toilet door on Valentine’s Day in 2013‚ claimed he mistook her for an intruder. Consequently, he was found guilty of culpable homicide. However, after severe investigation and state intervention, the charge was later upgraded to murder. Deviating from the prescribed sentence for murder, he was sentenced to an effective six years in jail.
In July, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that six years for murder is a “disturbingly inappropriate” sentence. The authority added that the sentence handed by Pretoria High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa was “shocking.”
The court papers read:
“… We respectfully submit that the sentence of six years’ imprisonment, in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed in casu, that is to say, shockingly too lenient, and has accordingly resulted in an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute.”
This will mark the second time prosecuting authorities would challenge a decision by Masipa. They had successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn the culpable homicide verdict and subsequent five-year sentence she originally gave the Paralympic athlete.
However, the defence contends that the six year sentence was fair considering the mitigating factors surrounding the case. Besides, Pistorius already served nearly a year in prison and about eight months under house arrest.
Meanwhile, the Oscar Pistorius case had tongues wagging shortly after the verdict rolled in. A few minutes after the judge handed down the sentence, Social Media came alive with comments from entertainment personalities. Most of the comments pointed to a negative reaction to the decision, while some described it as “white privilege.”
Seems we are yet to see the end of it all.