LIVE: Oscar Pistorius at court ruling appeal

The State will argue before Judge Thokozile Masipa why the six year sentence given to the South African paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, is "disproportionate to the crime of murder committed".

Criminal lawyer, Ulrich Roux, says in order for the leave to appeal to be granted to the State, the state needs to prove to Judge Masipa that there is strong possibility that the Supreme Court of Appeal will come to a different conclusion.

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They will obviously be focusing on the minimum sentence prescribed for a crime of murder for a first offender, which of course is 15 years imprisonment, unless a convicted person can prove substantial and compelling circumstances as to why the court should deviate from that minimum sentence prescribed.

Ulrich Roux, lawyer and director of BDK Attorneys

Last month Judge Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison, arguing that he has made attempts to make amends with the Steenkamp family and wanting to apologise for killing their daughter.

Masipa argued that Pistorius was remorseful.

She also highlighted that the mitigating circumstances outweighed the aggravating factors.

Pistorius' legal team will argue that the continuation of the matter is unfair and not in the interests of justice.

But some legal experts and the public criticised Masipa's sentencing saying it is too lenient.

Roux explains that if Masipa denies the State application for leave of appeal, the State will have to launch a petition directly to the Supreme Court.

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