Oscar Pistorius expected to appeal murder conviction

EWN understands Pistorius's legal team intends appealing his murder conviction in the ConCourt.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius arriving at the High Court in Pretoria on 13 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands Oscar Pistorius's legal team will reveal in court today that the athlete intends appealing his murder conviction at the Constitutional Court.

Pistorius is expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court where he will apply for bail.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside his culpable homicide conviction last week and replaced it with one of murder.

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The athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day nearly three years ago.

It's understood Pistorius will argue that the SCA made several errors in its judgment, including that it reconsidered factual findings of the trial court.

It's believed he will also argue that the appeal court applied an incorrect test when considering putative self-defence.

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Proceedings aren't expected to take long today, the athlete's affidavit will be read into the record before Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba postpones the matter.

The athlete has 15 days to file his Constitutional Court appeal papers.

Pistorius has agreed to abide by bail conditions similar to the conditions imposed during his house arrest.

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The State and the defence have been in talks and it's likely that prosecutor Gerrie Nel will not oppose bail today.

This would however include strict conditions imposed on Pistorius, similar to ones agreed on for his house arrest.

It's understood Pistorius's presence in court today has been secured through negotiations between the State and the defence and not a warrant of arrest.

He is expected to arrive from his uncle Arnold's Waterkloof home.

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