Barry Roux calls for Oscar Pistorius murder trial to be put to bed

Pistorius' defence successfully convinced the court to dismiss the State’s bid to appeal his prison sentence.

FILE: Advocate Barry Roux. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's defence team has argued that his murder trial must now come to an end after successfully convincing the High Court in Johannesburg to dismiss the State's application for leave to appeal his prison sentence.

The former athlete was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison, but the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled he should be convicted of murder and be re-sentenced.

Last month, Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in jail, which the State says is shockingly lenient.

Advocate Barry Roux says the former athlete's sentence is far from lenient and the case has dragged on for too long.

"We should really give consideration to dismiss the application not to perpetuate what's going on in this matter and it should sensibly be the end of the judiciary process. It has been exhausted."

Masipa said she wasn't persuaded that another court would come to a different conclusion and dismissed the application with costs.