Officials to Appeal Against Oscar Pistorius Sentence & Verdict
Prosecutors in South Africa are to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' five-year jail sentence and his conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The paralympian was found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of murder by a judge in Pretoria last month and was jailed for five years by the same judge last week.
Prosecution officials were rumoured to be unhappy with the verdict and the sentence, and on Monday, 27 October, they announced plans to lodge an appeal.
They must file legal papers at the High Court in South Africa and await a decision on whether they have grounds to pursue the case. If that is refused, they can then go directly to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria in February last year and claimed he mistook her for a burglar.