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‘It’s not in the interest of justice to entertain Pistorius’s appeal’

Oscar Pistorius hopes to appeal the SCA's decision to set aside his culpable homicide conviction.

Oscar Pistorius arriving at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his bail application on 8 December 2015. Picture: Pool.
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PRETORIA- State prosecutors have argued that they strongly believe it is not in the interests of justice for the Constitutional Court to entertain Oscar Pistorius’s appeal against his murder conviction. 

The state filed its responding papers at the Constitutional Court on Friday where the athlete hopes to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision to set aside his culpable homicide conviction. 

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

Advocate Andrea Johnson argues that it is in the interest of justice that Pistorius appears before the trial court to be sentenced for the crime he committed, murder. 

She says the SCA correctly identified the trial court’s fundamental error that because Pistorius believed that Steenkamp was in the bedroom, he could not be convicted of murder. 

Johnson says it is remarkable to note and remains inexplicable that the defence team continues to endorse and persist with this flawed reasoning. 

While the defence argued that the SCA failed to apply a specific component of dolus eventualis, the state says the defence has not provided any case law or accepted academic literature to support its argument.  

It's now for the Constitutional Court to consider the submissions and decide whether it will hear the matter. 

WATCH: SCA: Oscar murdered Reeva

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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