South African prosecutors appeal Pistorius conviction

State prosecutors in South Africa will on Tuesday appeal in court for a murder conviction that will send paralympic sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, back to jail for years.

Pistorius was found guilty last year of culpable homicide after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He was released two weeks ago after just a year behind bars to spend the remainder of his term at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria.

At the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, state prosecutors will try to convince judges that Pistorius should be found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of fifteen years in the prison.

According to court documents, prosecutor Gerrie Nel will argue that Pistorius intentionally meant to shoot whoever was behind the door early on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

A panel of five judges will hear the arguments from the state and defence, with the proceedings scheduled to last one day.

The judges are expected to announce a future date to deliver their ruling.

Pistorius’s family spokesperson, Anneliese Burgess said the athlete who has not been seen in public since his release on October 19, will not attend the hearing.

If the judges uphold the state’s appeal and find Pistorius guilty of murder, he could have just forty eight hours to prepare for a return to prison, said Hood.

Pistorius shot his girlfriend at the peak of his fame, following his historic performance in 2012 when he became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level.

His release on house arrest after serving one-sixth of his sentence was in line with normal treatment of South African convicts, but was criticised by women’s rights groups and many others in the country.

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