Oscar Pistorius Appeal Application To Be Heard Today

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

Masipa, who was the judge in the Pistorius case, has already studied the legal documents. She is expected to only hear brief arguments from the State and defence team.

Masipa convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

She ruled the athlete’s version that he believed there to be an intruder in his home to be the most plausible. But, she said he acted recklessly and negligently when he fired the shots through the bathroom door that killed Steenkamp.

Pistorius was sentenced to five-years imprisonment.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced they would appeal the sentencing and conviction in October. It argued Pistorius’s sentence was “shockingly light” and “inappropriate”.

The NPA said they would ask the SCA to answer certain questions of law. These include whether Masipa applied the principles of dolus eventualis correctly.

Pistorius’s defence team however, claims the State is attempting to appeal a factual finding, rather than a legal finding as is permitted by law. Lawyers argued Masipa correctly applied the law to the facts that Pistorius intended to shoot the perceived intruder behind the door, but not to kill him.

Source: sabreakingnews.co.za

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