Pistorius officially appeals his murder conviction

Eyewitness News has confirmed that appeal papers were served on the prosecution team today.

Oscar Pistorius smiles during the first day of his trial in the North Gauteng High Court on 3 March 2014. Picture: POOL.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team has served its Constitutional Court appeal papers on the prosecution team.

The athlete is appealing the Supreme Court of Appeal's finding in November last year that he is guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Days nearly three years ago, saying that he believed she was an intruder.

The High Court in Pretoria released the athlete on R10,000 barely a week after the his culpable homicide conviction was set aside.

While the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) could not be reached for comment Eyewitness News has confirmed that the appeal papers were served on the prosecution team today.

Pistorius's defence advocate Barry Roux announced in November that his client intended appealing the Supreme Court's finding.

The defence argues that the appeal court reconsidered the factual finding that the athlete genuinely believed that his life was in danger when he fired the shots.

Roux also argues that the court incorrectly considered aspects of dolus eventualis when reaching its finding of murder.

STRICT BAIL CONDITIONS

The convicted murderer spent the festive season under house arrest with his family after the being granted bail.

Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba considered the State's argument that Pistorius should not be allowed to leave his uncle's home.

But Ledwaba said he feels this isn't in the interests of justice, saying he may be permitted to leave with permission of his investigating officer during specific times.

"He is only allowed to travel within the radius of 20 kilometres from the house between 7am and 12 noon."

The only difference about his conditions this time is that he is wearing a tag and correctional services can track his movements.