Oscar Prosecutors Still Weighing Appeal of Verdict

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to up to five years in jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

updated: October 21, 2014 16:30 IST
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South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by policemen upon his arrival at the High Court in Pretoria.


Pretoria: South African prosecutors on Tuesday welcomed Oscar Pistorius's sentence to up to five years in jail, but said they were still weighing whether or not to appeal his conviction on charges of culpable homicide.

The state had pressed for Pistorius to be charged with a more serious charge of premeditated murder for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. (Reeva Steenkamp's family welcomes the sentencing)

But judge Thokozile Masipa, who opted for a conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, said the prosecutors had not convinced the court.

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