[WATCH] State begins process to appeal Pistorius sentence

The State says that the sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius last month is too lenient.

FILE: The National Prosecuting Authority’s Gerrie Nel at the Pretoria High Court during the Oscar Pistorius hearing on 13 June 2016. Picture: Pool

The State is making its application to appeal the six-year prison sentence handed down to former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, which it believes is too lenient.

Pistorius's defence team says the State's application is without merit and inappropriate.

The athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing 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, Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in jail.

Follow the court proceedings as they happen.

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