On Monday the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed its application for leave to appeal against the conviction and sentence of Oscar Pistorius for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp will be heard on December 9 in Pretoria.
Steenkamp was killed behind a closed door by three of four shots fired by Pistorius on Valentine’s Day last year.
Following a trial which was beamed around the globe, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide – the unlawful and negligent killing of a person – and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
This provoked outrage from many who had been following the trial, in both civil and legal society..
“It’s quite interesting the defence is opposing the application,” said criminal defence attorney Clifford Alexander. “However it is to be expected, they are not just going to roll over and accept whatever the court says, they have to oppose it, nothing unusual about that.”
Alexander did not believe Masipa could rightly refuse the application for leave to appeal. “I think the judge should grant leave to appeal. Now I say this with the greatest respect, it is a flip of the coin which bench you will get in respect of the appeal but I do not think the state will have too much difficulty proving its case.”
In his application, Nel calls Pistorius’ sentence “shockingly light, inappropriate and would not have been imposed by any reasonable court”.