Is the Supreme Court of Appeal the next route for the State in Pistorius matter?

Judge Thokozile Masipa rejected an application by the State to appeal against Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year murder sentence. EWN reporter Gia Nicolaides joins The Midday Report's Stephen Grootes on the line.

She says the judge considered the arguments, but does not believe another court would come to a different conclusion. She says prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued the court misdirected itself when it was looking at the judgments. Nel also felt Judge Masipa was too sympathetic towards Oscar Pistorius's personal circumstances.

Nel argues 6 years in prison is far too lenient, bearing in mind the minimum sentence for murder is 15 years.

Advocate Barry Roux disagreed, saying Oscar has been punished over and over again and if one tallies up the time spent in jail already and under house arrest it comes to an effective 8 years.

After a couple of hours deliberation, Judge Masipa returned and dismissed the application with costs.

Nicolaides says the prosecution does have the option to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, to try and get a different outcome.

However Nel was not prepared to speak to the media at this stage about their plans.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] Open-air urinals installed in Paris, France cause public outrage

[WATCH] Open-air urinals installed in Paris, France cause public outrage

French officials have launched public urinals, one overlooking the Seine River, and people are not happy.

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, teenage angst and quantum physics

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, teenage angst and quantum physics

John shares his three book picks for the week.

CapeTalk's own Jeanne Michel makes SurvivorSA top 3

CapeTalk's own Jeanne Michel makes SurvivorSA top 3

Jeanne has made it to the finals of Survivor and we wish her the best of luck.

Too much sleep may be bad for your health

Too much sleep may be bad for your health

Sleeping too much has been linked to a higher risk of premature death.

Dogs have their own menu at this restaurant

Dogs have their own menu at this restaurant

Steve Jooste of Die Damhuis restaurant in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town describes their menu for your furry friends.

Petition calls for removal of CEO over disparaging remarks about women engineers

Petition calls for removal of CEO over disparaging remarks about women engineers

NGO WomEng is calling for CEO of Saice's Mangin Pillay's removal from his position.

Popular articles
The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says undocumented people living in the city make it difficult to combat crime.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.