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Pistorius's defence: State's appeal is on fact, not law

Defence says the state is erroneously attempting to appeal on a point of fact, and not on a point of law.

FILE: The state is appealing Oscar pistorius conviction and sentence but his defence says this is based on a point of fact, and not on a point of law. Picture: Pool

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's defence team has argued that the state is erroneously attempting to appeal the athlete's conviction on a point of fact, and not on a point of law, as is permitted in the legislation.

The athlete's lawyers yesterday filed their opposition to the prosecution team's application to appeal his conviction which will be heard next month.

The Blade Runner is serving a five year sentence for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year.

His defence team says the state has attacked Judge Thokozile's Masipa's findings of fact and not based its application to appeal on matters of law.

It argues that the court found as fact that the athlete did not fire the shots with the intention to kill the person behind the door, let alone Steenkamp.

Pistorius's lawyers say the court correctly applied the law to the facts, which negates any conviction on dolus eventualis which the state wants another court to consider.

The athlete's legal team also wants the state to pay for his legal fees if the matter is struck off the roll.