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Nel seeks consultation on appealing Pistorius conviction

A Wits law professor confirmed to EWN that Gerrie Nel sought consultation on appealing the conviction.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is seen during the court appearance of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria on 13 October 2014. Picture: Pool

PRETORIA - A University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) law professor has confirmed to Eyewitness News state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has consulted him about whether to appeal the Oscar Pistorius conviction.

This week the blade runner was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The state initially charged Pistorius with murder and have just less than two weeks left to decide whether it wants to appeal the verdict.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting Reeva through a locked bathroom door in his luxury Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

It's understood Nel visited Professor James Grant at the Wits campus in Johannesburg this week.

"Advocate Nel has consulted with me and asked my opinion and advice on whether I think there are grounds for an appeal. I have indicated that in my view, there are."

Legal experts believe an appeal would help clear up confusion around a principle of dolus eventualis as well as Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to acquit Pistorius of being in possession of his father's gun ammunition.

Grant says it's crucial that the state appeals.