South African state prosecutors push for Oscar Pistorius murder conviction

Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius has hunkered down under house arrest, but South African state prosecutors will on Tuesday appeal in court for a murder conviction that would send him back to jail for years.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 

The disgraced Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

At the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, state prosecutors will try to convince judges that Pistorius should be found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in the prison.

At his trial, the 28-year-old was sentenced to five years, and he was released two weeks ago after just a year behind bars to spend the remainder of his term at his uncle's mansion in Pretoria.



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