'It's imperative that Oscar Pistorius appeal goes ahead'

Prof James Grant said his advice to prosecutor Gerrie Nel was to appeal Pistorius's conviction.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - A University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) law professor has revealed that his advice to prosecutor Gerrie Nel is to appeal the Oscar Pistorius conviction.

It's emerged the state prosecutor visited Wits professor James Grant to discuss the prospects of an appeal in the high-profile trial.

Judge Thokozile Masipa this week sentenced the double amputee to five years in prison for culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot and killed the model on Valentine's day last year after firing four shots through a closed bathroom door.

The Olympic gold medalist says that he believed an intruder was behind the door.

After a seven-month legal battle, the Blade Runner also received a three-year suspended sentence for the negligent use of a firearm.

Grant says he believes there are grounds for the state to appeal Judge Masipa's ruling and he made this clear to Nel when they met.

He says an appeal will clarify the confusion which surrounds the principle of _dolus eventualis _as well as the issue of intending to possess an illegal item such as ammunition.

"There are so many important legal issues that need to be either redefined or clarified. It's imperative that this appeal goes ahead."

The appeal process must begin within 14 days after the end of the trial.