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Prosecution, defence wait for Masipa's decision on Pistorius appeal battle

The judge's interpretation of the legal principle of dolus eventualis lies at the heart of the appeal.

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

PRETORIA - Prosecutors and defence lawyers in the Oscar Pistorius trial are now waiting to hear from Judge Thokozile Masipa as to when the appeal battle will begin.

The defence has filed notice of their intention to oppose the state's attempt to appeal the athlete's conviction and sentence which it's described as "shockingly inappropriate".

Pistorius is serving a five-year prison term for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The state failed to convince Judge Thokozile Masipa that he intended to kill when he fired shots through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home and he was found guilty of culpable homicide in September.

At this stage, the defence has only made its intentions to oppose the state's application for leave to appeal known.

It will provide grounds for this later and then argue them in court.

It's up to Judge Masipa to decide when the application will be heard and whether to grant the state leave to appeal.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Nathi Mncube says they remain confident.

"We still believe that a different court might come to a different conclusion."

The judge's interpretation of the legal principle of dolus eventualis lies at the heart of the appeal.

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