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Pistorius’s lawyers challenge Masipa’s ruling to grant leave of appeal

Advocate Barry Roux says Masipa’s finding that Pistorius lacked the intention to act unlawfully was correct.

FILE: Judge Thokozile Masipa. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team has again challenged Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to grant the State leave to appeal her culpable homicide ruling against the athlete.

The details are contained in the defence team's heads of argument, which were filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal today.

Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago.

Advocate Barry Roux says Judge Masipa incorrectly regarded questions of fact which the appeals court may not consider as questions law.

He further argues that the State is attempting to re-introduce its case of dolus eventualis against Pistorius and trying to alter the factual findings of the trial court.

Roux says Masipa's finding that Pistorius lacked the intention to act unlawfully was correct.

The State has argued that Masipa incorrectly applied the principle of dolus eventualis and should have found the athlete guilty of murder.

It believes that irrespective of who was behind the door, Pistorius intended killing that person, and therefore this constitutes murder, not culpable homicide.