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State claims Pistorius is conflating the law to prove his case

The State filed its responding papers for the ConCourt, which will decide whether it hears Pistorius's case.

Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Pool.
Oscar Pistorius murder trial,Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder
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JOHANNESBURG - State Prosecutors have urged the Constitutional Court not to entertain Oscar Pistorius attempt to appeal his murder conviction, arguing that it’s without merit.

The State filed its responding papers in the ConCourt today, which will now decide whether it will allow Pistorius to argue his case.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside the athlete’s culpable homicide conviction last year, and instead found him guilty of murder.

WATCH: SCA: Oscar Pistorius murdered Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day three years ago, he claims he thought she was an intruder.

State Prosecutor Andrea Johnson’s 50- page affidavit is teeming with case law that attacks Pistorius’s claim that the Supreme Court arrived at the wrong conclusion.

The athlete’s legal team argued that the SCA failed to consider one specific component of dolus eventualis before setting aside his culpable homicide conviction.

Johnson points out that the defence failed to reference any case law to support this argument.

She argues that Pistorius has only himself to blame for the courts’ negative findings on his credibility, which means there is no credible explanation for the killing of Steenkamp.

The prosecutor says the points of law raised by Pistorius’s legal team are “totally unmeritorious” and the application has no prospect of success.

‘DON’T GET IT TWISTED’

State prosecutors have also argued that the defence team has introduced an entirely foreign interpretation of dolus eventualis in an attempt to appeal his murder conviction.

Johnson says Pistorius’s legal team’s argument that the SCA was mistaken on the law of dolus eventualis is without merit and contrived.

She says nowhere is there authority in any case law or mainstream academic literature that the question of dolus eventualis should be formulated as the defence team argues.

Johnson says Pistorius impermissibly attempts to confuse or conflate elements in the law to prove his case, and introduces an entirely alien and anomalous conception of the law.

The advocate says the law is clear and there’s been no deviation from the accepted definition and application of dolus eventualis.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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