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Pistorius argues SCA ignored material findings of his trial

Oscar Pistorius has argued that the Supreme Court of Appeal has breached his right to not be arbitrarily deprived of his freedom.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius in the High Court in Pretoria on 5 March 2014. Picture: Pool

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius has argued that the Supreme Court of Appeal has breached his right to not be arbitrarily deprived of his freedom.

This is among the arguments the convicted murderer hopes to take to the Constitutional Court where he on Tuesday filed an application to appeal the 14-year sentence handed down in Bloemfontein last month.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day four years ago.

His legal team has argued that the Supreme Court ignored or disregarded material findings of the trial court which led to the imposition of a lesser sentence.

The appeal court rejected the former athlete’s claim that he has shown remorse.

The legal team says the higher court ignored the finding of the perpetual impact of the blame and regret had on Pistorius and that he genuinely did not want to kill Steenkamp.

The trial court further found that he lost everything in the wake of the offence.

The legal team argues that the trial court’s proximity to the facts and circumstances of a case makes it better placed to decide matters relating to sentencing.

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