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State's appeal against Pistorius sentence without merit - defence

Pistorius’s legal team says the State's appeal is an insult to Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgment.

FILE: Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after the conclusion of sentencing arguments in his murder trial. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's legal team says the State's decision to appeal his six-year prison sentence is an insult to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgment and that it has ignored all the circumstances considered during the trial.

The former athlete was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp 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, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in jail, which the State says is too lenient.

WATCH: Oscar Pistorius receives six years for Reeva's murder

Pistorius's legal team will be back in court this morning arguing that the State's application to appeal his sentence is without merit.

The defence team has argued in court papers 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 sentence.

It says if the State considers the punishment Pistorius has already served, it amounts to an effective eight year prison sentence, which isn't lenient.

The former athlete's lawyers will also argue that a continuation of this matter is unfair and not in the interests of justice.