PRETORIA, September 18 – The State’s application for leave to appeal Oscar Pistorius’ six-year jail term for murder will be heard on November 3.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku on Monday confirmed the date for the hearing by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
Athlete Pistorius was sent to jail for a second time in June 2016 to start serving his six-year jail term for the Valentines Day 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
He had initially been found guilty of culpable homicide and received a five-year prison sentence but on appeal by the State was found guilty of murder. The case was transferred back to then original trial judge, Judge Thokozile Masipa who then sentenced Pistorius to six years.
The State, however, indicated that they would appeal what they called a shockingly lenient sentence.