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Prosecutors to Appeal Oscar Pistorius’ 6 Year Sentence

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The Judge Reaches Her Verdict In The Trial Of Oscar PistoriusThe South African National Prosecuting Agency (NPA) has said that they will appeal Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 2013.

The body, in a statement on Thursday described the sentence as “disproportionate” and “shockingly too lenient”

Read the statement below:

The NPA has carefully considered the sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius and has decided to file an application for leave to appeal in terms of section 316(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 against the sentence imposed by Honourable Judge Thokozile Masipa in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, on July 6, 2016. 

The papers will be filed today, July 21, 2016.

We respectfully submit that the sentence of six years imprisonment, in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed, in casu, that is to say, shockingly too lenient, and has accordingly resulted in an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

We hope that this appeal will also clarify further the principles of sentencing, particularly in crime categories for which there are prescribed minimum sentences ordained by legislation, notwithstanding the fact that a judicial officer has a discretion to deviate from the minimum sentence after considering compelling circumstances.

Justice Masipa had on July 6th sentence Pistorius to 6 years in prison for murder with the option of parole after completing a third of the sentence.

The opined that a longer prison sentence will not serve justice.

Photo Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

5 Comments

  1. tan

    July 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    He should be more than grateful he got 6years.

  2. zoranx

    July 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    To me the 6 years is too smale,are we encouraging murder case ?

  3. Jo!

    July 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Ha! When I read the healdine, thought they were appealing to reduce.
    Please, I’m in support, they’re dragging this out for the family but I’m 100% in support, 6 years plus option of parole after serving one third (2 years)for murder??? is absolutely ridiculous and complete injustice, plus the guy’s entitlement is appalling, genuinely doesn’t think he deserves it, and no remorse, all the tears are just to elicit sympathy and not because he cares, and obviously, he’s just acting for the cameras. Seeing the guy on TV gives me the creeps, he’s an absolute psychopath, nobody can tell me different.
    Nobody is safe with him walking the streets

  4. Ashley B

    July 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I ask innocently ”had pistorious been black,” Would he had gotten off as lightly as this. I imagine there are no prizes for guessing that right!!!

  5. Jamce

    July 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    What is Judge Masipa’s problem? Why has she chosen to serially embarrass herself in this Oscar Pistorius case such that all her reasoning and conclusions are contrary to the facts and principles of law?

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