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Pistorius prosecutors to appeal against verdict

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Pistorius prosecutors to appeal against verdict


South Africa’s state prosecutors are to appeal Oscar Pistorius’ conviction and five year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp at his home last year.

Prosecutors failed to prove murder and reports suggest the athlete could be free in as little as 10 months.

The announcement of the appeal was made in a Twitter statement from Nathi Mncube, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA): “Oscar Pistorius judgement, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence,” it said.

If the verdict is overturned and found to be murder, Pistorius could face a much longer stretch behind bars.

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