Pistorius’s legal team launch counter appeal

The defence wants to appeal the state’s permission to appeal in a matter to be heard on 16 March.

Oscar Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team on Tuesday approached the High Court to appeal Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to grant the state permission to appeal his culpable homicide conviction.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) successfully applied to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal, where it intends arguing that the athlete should have been convicted of murder.

The defence wants to appeal this decision and the matter will be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg on 16 March.

In November, Masipa granted the state's application for leave to appeal Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction.

The state successfully applied to have the athlete's culpable homicide conviction reviewed; however, the High Court in Pretoria denied permission to appeal his sentence.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the Valentine's Day shooting and killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

An NPA official said the defence team intended arguing that she incorrectly found ruled that the conviction was a question of law.

The NPA last week confirmed that it had already filed its motive of appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.