Saturday, August 27, 2016

NPA considers options in Pistorius case

Leonie Pretorius

27 August 2016

The National Prosecuting Authority says it is considering its options after Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed its application for leave to appeal the six-year sentence of Oscar Pistorius.

Masipa, who handed down her ruling in the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday, said the State's petition had no reasonable prospects of success.

Masipa had sentenced the Paralympic gold medallist in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

However, the prosecution had said the decision was shockingly lenient and disproportionate to the crime committed.

The State now has the option to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.



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