NPA looking to fast-track Pistorius court appearance

Nel is in talks with Roux, but it’s up to the judge to decide when Pistorius will appear in court.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius is greeted by his father Henke at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's in talks with Oscar Pistorius's defence team to have the offender appear in court as a matter of extreme urgency.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) yesterday set aside the athlete's culpable homicide conviction and instead found him guilty of murder.

It also set aside his sentence.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

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The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says a bail application will have to be heard.

It's understood prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been in talks with defence advocate Barry Roux but it's up to the judge president to decide when Pistorius has to appear in court.

It's believed his appearance for a bail application will take place early next week.

BALLISTICS EXPERT IN PISTORIUS TRIAL FEELS VINDICATED

At the same time, the star witness in the murder trial says he was overwhelmed when he heard the SCA refer to his evidence as crucial in the case against the athlete.

The court found that police ballistics expert, Major Chris Mangena's evidence was ignored by the trial court, but should have played a critical role in the case.

SCA: Oscar Pistorius murdered Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Eric Leach found that Mangena's evidence was crucial to a decision on whether the blade runner must have foreseen the fatal consequences of his actions.

The ballistics expert says he feels vindicated.