Carl Pistorius ‘shocked’ by State’s decision to appeal
The National Prosecuting Authority filed its papers at the High Court in Pretoria earlier today.
JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl has reacted with shock at the announcement by the State that it will appeal the convicted murderer's six-year prison sentence.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) filed its papers at the High Court in Pretoria earlier today.
Pistorius was sentenced for a second time earlier this month for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
Just two weeks ago, on the day Pistorius was sentenced, Carl tweeted that justice had been done. Today, after the State announced it intends to appeal the ruling, he simply stated "no words".
State to appeal Oscar's sentence. #nowords
- Carl Pistorius (@carlpistorius) July 21, 2016
The former athlete's psychologist Lore Hatzenberg also took to social media, accusing the State of abusing tax money for a vindictive crusade.
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The NPA described the six year sentence as shockingly lenient and disproportionate to the crime of murder.
The State says it also wants clarity on the principles of sentencing, particularly in crimes where there is a prescribed minimum sentence.
To view the NPA statement click here.