State To Appeal Oscar Pistorius’ ‘Lenient’ Sentencing


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will appeal the six-year sentence handed down to convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius.

The organization described the sentence as “shockingly too lenient”.

The NPA said in a statement on Thursday: “The NPA has carefully considered the sentence handed to Mr Oscar Pistorius and has decided to file an application for leave to appeal in terms of section 316(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 against the sentence imposed by Honourable Judge Masipa in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, on 6 July 2016. The papers will be filed today, 21 July 2016.”

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The prosecuting authority disclosed that it respectfully submits that the sentence of six years imprisonment; in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed.

It added that the sentence’s leniency has accordingly resulted in an injustice and that it has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

It will be the second time prosecuting authorities would seek to have Pretoria High Court Judge, Thokozile Masipa’s decision reviewed.

The first was when the authorities successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to overturn Masipa’s five-year sentence for culpable homicide verdict which she originally gave the Paralympic athlete.

Afterwards, the SCA sent Pistorius’ case back to Masipa to head the sentencing hearing on the murder conviction.

On July 6, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was handed a 6 year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp; whom he killed on February 14, 2013; claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

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Counsel for Pistorius‚ Barry Roux‚ said the defence would not contend the ruling; despite his client maintaining his innocence on the charge of murder.

The athlete had already served 12 months in jail for the fatal shooting before he was sent back to prison after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal upgraded his conviction from manslaughter to murder.