Oscar Pistorius turns to ConCourt to appeal increased sentence

Elias Hubbard
December 19, 2017

Details of the grounds for Pistorius's appeal are not yet known, however, its understood he filed his notice of intention to appeal at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday.

Eyewitness News has learnt that convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has filed an application to the Constitutional Court to appeal his recently imposed 13-year prison sentence.

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal more than doubled the former Paralympian's prison sentence on 24 November for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The athlete was not in court for the ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served. He claims that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa initially sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide in 2014.

Pistorius served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.

Pistorius was imprisoned in July previous year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

The State petitioned the SCA directly, arguing that the six-year sentence was far too lenient.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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