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Judgment expected in State's appeal of Oscar Pistorius sentence

The NPA argued that the sentence was shockingly lenient for the crime of murder and asked that the prescribed minimum term of 15 years be imposed.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at his murder trail at the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Supreme Court will on Friday hand down judgment in the State’s appeal of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius’s six-year prison sentence.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) argued that the sentence was shockingly lenient for the crime of murder and asked that the prescribed minimum term of 15 years be imposed.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. He has maintained he believed she was an intruder, and was merely trying to protect himself.

The State has argued that without a valid explanation from Pistorius as to why he fired the four shots which killed Steenkamp, the court cannot accept the claim that he’s shown remorse.

Prosecutor Andrea Johnson argued how remorse was required if the High Court deviated from the prescribed minimum sentence.

She added that the court misdirected itself by not providing full and proper reasons for not imposing the heftier term.

Pistorius’s advocate, Barry Roux, argued that the High Court properly considered all the relevant factors and imposed the correct sentence in the circumstances.

The judge is expected to read out a summarised version of the judgment into the record when proceedings start at a 9.45am this morning.