Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
South African state prosecutors will appeal the verdict and five-year jail term handed down to fallen track star Oscar Pistorius over the killing of his girlfriend last year.
The "NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) will be appealing both the conviction and sentence", spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Monday.
Pistorius began a five-year prison stretch on October 21 after being found guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter.
But trial judge Thokozile Masipa found there wasn't enough evidence to convict the 27-year-old athlete of premeditated murder.
Her verdict angered the state prosecution, which had sought to prove that Pistorius deliberately shot dead 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
Details of the appeal have not yet released, but South African criminal lawyers had expressed shock that Masipa found that Pistorius could not have foreseen that someone would die when he fired the shots that killed Steenkamp.
Legal experts complained that the ruling could open the door to systematic abuse of the legal system, or to people believing it would be OK to shoot in an irresponsible manner.
Wednesday 22 Oct 2014
Oscar Pistorius has arrived at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he will begin a maximum five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
"He is already accommodated at Kgosi Mampuru," correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said.
The South African Paralympian star sprinter has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, in the climax of his sensational trial.
The 27-year-old was led straight down to the cells after the sentence was read out on Tuesday by Judge Thokozile Masipa in a final court hearing watched around the world.
"Count one, culpable homicide: the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa told Pistorius.
The double amputee known as the Blade Runner for his speed on his prosthetic legs, killed 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
He was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for accidentally firing a pistol under a table at a restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.
Pistorius stood stock-still in the dock as he was sentenced in the Pretoria courtroom, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.
Lawyers said, however, that Pistorius will probably not serve the full term for the offence of culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter, and perhaps as little as 10 months.