State applies for leave to appeal Pistorius sentence

Pretoria: The state presented its application for leave to appeal South African athlete Oscar Pistorius' sentence and conviction at the North Gauteng High Court yesterday.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his house Feb 14, 2013, but argued that he fired the shots thinking there was an intruder in his house.

The state wanted him convicted of murder, but the court found him guilty of culpable homicide and handed him five years imprisonment.

Yesterday, State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court they have good reasons to believe the Supreme Court of Appeal will find Pistorius' five-year jail term shockingly inappropriate for the crime committed.



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