Date set for Pistorius appeal bid

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Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An application to appeal against Oscar Pistorius’ manslaughter conviction and five-year prison sentence will be heard in a South African court on December 9, prosecutors say.

The National Prosecuting Authority also says it has been informed by Pistorius’ defence lawyers that they will oppose the appeal.

The NPA said today it believes there are “reasonable prospects of a successful appeal based on a question of law”.

Prosecutors say Judge Thokozile Masipa may have made an error when she found the double-amputee Olympic runner not guilty of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Masipa instead convicted Pistorius of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

His five-year jail sentence means he could be released after 10 months to go under house arrest.

Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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