NPA to appeal Pistorius judgment and sentence

The NPA says it will appeal Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction on points of law.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed it will appeal the judgment and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius matter.

The Blade Runner was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the Valentine's Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He was sentenced to five years imprisonment last week.

In a statement, the NPA says it will appeal Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction on points of law, seeking to secure a murder conviction instead.

The authority says the merit of its application will emerge once they file papers for leave to appeal Judge Thokozile Masipa's finding which is expected to happen in the next few days.

While some legal experts found the judge made the correct decision, she has however been criticised for not applying the law correctly, with many of the opinion that Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder dolus eventualis or legal intent.

The NPA says prosecutors Gerrie Nel and Andrea Johnson studied the judgment and consulted with legal experts before deciding to proceed with the appeal.

"Today we announce that the decision to appeal both the conviction and sentence has been taken. The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law. The merits and the demerits of the NPA's argument in this regard will become evident when we file papers for leave to appeal. The prosecutors are now preparing the necessary papers in order to be able to file within the next few days."