Pistorius defence slams inappropriate state appeal

Oscar Pistorius's legal team says the State ignored the former athlete was imprisoned for a year.

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius's defence team says the State's application to appeal his six-year prison sentence is without merit and inappropriate.

The legal team filed its papers on Thursday in response to the National Prosecuting Authority's announcement last month that it wanted to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

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

The defence has argued in court papers that the State ignored that Pistorius had been imprisoned for a year, and spent seven months under strict house arrest before being placed under stricter bail conditions pending his sentencing.

The defence says that if the State took into account the punishment the former athlete has already served, it amounts to an effective eight-year prison sentence, which it claims is anything but lenient.

It says there is no basis to refer to the sentence as shockingly inappropriate, adding that the State selectively chose extracts from the judgment without considering the ruling in its entirety.

The matter is expected to be heard next Friday.

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