November 24, 2020

South African court rejects state appeal over Pistorius sentence

A South African judge Friday rejected the state’s appeal seeking a longer sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius who is serving a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend three years ago.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said in the High Court in Johannesburg that she was not persuaded there was a “reasonable prospect of success on appeal”. Masipa added that  the evidence she had heard convinced her Pistorius was not a violent person, was unlikely to reoffend and had shown remorse.

“I grant the following order: the application for leave to appeal against the sentence is dismissed with costs,” said Masipa.

The 29-year-old was treated for wrist injuries this month after apparently falling from his bed. Prison officials said he denied trying to kill himself.

Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, by firing four bullets from a handgun through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, on Valentine’s Day in; 14 February 2013.

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