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Oscar Pistorius case: NPA's court bid set down for 9 December

The NPA & Pistorius's legal team have about four weeks to prepare their arguments.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed the application to have Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence reviewed will be heard on 9 December.

The NPA announced last week it intends appealing the athlete's culpable homicide conviction, as well as his sentence.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day a year ago.

The state's prosecutors and Pistorius's defence team have about four weeks to prepare their arguments.

The state has questioned whether Judge Thokozile Masipa correctly applied the legal principle of Dolus Eventualis to the facts of the case and would like another court to consider this.

It's also arguing that Judge Masipa did not discuss, accept or reject any of the circumstantial evidence presented to her.

The NPA intends taking the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

But Pistorius's legal team will oppose any such move.

Eyewitness News understands Pistorius met with his lawyers last Tuesday, just hours after the state filed its papers at the High Court in Pretoria.