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Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

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By Euronews
Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

<p>State prosecutors in South Africa have won the right to appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed down to Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius.</p> <p>After a seven month trial the double amputee was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.</p> <p>Pistorius shot Steenkamp on Valentine’s day 2013 through his bathroom door in what he said was the mistaken belief it was an intruder.</p> <p>Prosecutors described his sentence as “shockingly inappropriate”.</p> <p>They are now seeking, from the Supreme Court of Appeal, a murder conviction which would carry a minimum 15 year jail term.</p>