NPA officially files Pistorius appeal

The NPA says Oscar Pistorius's five-year prison sentence is shockingly inappropriate and light.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has officially filed legal papers appealing the conviction and sentence of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The NPA is arguing that Pistorius's five-year prison sentence is shockingly inappropriate and light and would not have been imposed by any reasonable court.

It also questions whether Judge Thokozile Masipa erred in her application of the principles of dolus eventualis.

Prosecutors want her to grant them leave to appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The NPA is also asking why Masipa dismissed the circumstantial evidence in the trial and how she could have relied on the runner's version of events.

Prosecutors are highly critical of what they call Pistorius's mutually destructive defences and ask whether a court should trawl through a plethora of defences and pick one for the accused.

Earlier, the NPA told Eyewitness News the appeal is based on a question of law.

"The merits of the NPA's argument in this regard are contained in the papers that were filed with the registrar of the North Gauteng High Court today," said spokesperson Nathi Mncube.

He said following this move, the matter is now _sub judice _and consequently, the NPA will not discuss the matter publicly until judgment is delivered in court.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times through a bathroom door.

Click here to view the NPA's legal papers.