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NPA to appeal Oscar Pistorius sentence

It is the second time the State is asking the Supreme Court to set aside a High Court decision in the trial of Pistorius.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius listens to a witness testifying at the High Court in Pretoria on 10 March 2014. Picture: Pool

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will Friday appeal the High Court’s sentence of Oscar Pistorius, arguing that it is shockingly lenient for the crime of murder.

The former athlete was sentenced to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming that he believed she was an intruder.

Today marks the second time the State is asking the Supreme Court to set aside a High Court decision in the trial of Pistorius.

The State successfully overturned his culpable homicide conviction replacing it with one of murder.

The prosecutor will now ask the Supreme Court to overturn his six-year prison sentence and replace it with the minimum sentence of 15 years for the crime of murder.

The State will be led by advocate Andrea Johnston after Gerrie Nel resigned from the NPA earlier this year.

Pistorius, who is currently serving his sentence at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, is opposing the application.