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Pistorius trial: Both families accept plan to appeal for harsh sentence

Johannesburg: The families of Oscar Pistorius and the woman he killed have accepted the decision by South African prosecutors to press for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence for the athlete.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 

Pistorius began a five-year prison stretch on October 21 after being found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutors announced on Monday they would appeal both the verdict and the sentence handed down after a sensational eight-month trial which put an enormous emotional strain on both families.

"We take note of the state's announcement. The law must take its course," the athlete's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said in a terse statement yesterday.

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