Pistorius prosecutors debate appeal

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Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case have consulted with a criminal law expert over a possible appeal.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has consulted with Professor James Grant over an appeal, prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube confirmed.

Prof Grant tweeted that he has advised Mr Nel to appeal and agreed to assist prosecutors.

Criminal experts have said there may be grounds for prosecutors to appeal against Judge Thokozile Masipa’s decision to acquit Pistorius of murder over the fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Masipa instead found the double-amputee athlete guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Pistorius was given a five-year prison sentence. He would face a minimum of 15 years in jail if found guilty of murder on appeal.

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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