Oscar Pistorius a 'broken man', says legal team

Pistorius’ lawyers filed papers before the SCA in response to the State's bid to appeal his sentence.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 15 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius' legal team says the former athlete is a broken man who killed a person he loved and received a reasonable sentence.

The defence team filed papers before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein yesterday.

They are opposing a petition to the SCA by State prosecutor Gerrie Nel for leave to appeal against what Nel termed "a shockingly lenient sentence" for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Oscar Pistorius' legal team has reiterated its argument that the former athlete has lost everything - the person he loved, his freedom, career and his reputation.

In legal papers filed yesterday, Pistorius' lawyers say it is an insult to allege that Judge Thokozile Masipa misdirected herself by overemphasizing his personal circumstances.

However, prosecutors have applied to appeal Pistorius' six-year prison sentence saying it's shockingly inappropriate for the crime of murder.