Full bench of five judges to hear Pistorius appeal

The state will appeal Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction in the SCA on 3 November.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius watches proceedings during the first day of his murder trial on 3 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - A full bench of five appeal judges has been appointed to hear the Oscar Pistorius matter in the first week of November.

The state is appealing the athlete's culpable homicide conviction, arguing that he should have been found guilty of murder.

Judge President Lex Mpati will lead the full bench on 3 November when the Supreme Court of Appeal considers the Pistorius case.

With him will be Judges Nonkosi Mhlantla, Eric Leach and Steven Majiedt, as well as acting Judge Elizabeth Baartman.

The matter has been set down for one day, despite defence advocate Barry Roux indicating in his papers that he alone would require a full day to argue his case.

The state will argue that the Paralympian athlete should be found guilty of murder while Roux has hit back saying that the trial judge found correctly against his client.