Just when we thought the Oscar Pistorius saga was finally coming to an end, it seems SA prosecutors are still unsatisfied with the sentence.
South African Prosecutors said today that they are planning to appeal Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, which they deem as too lenient.
Earlier this month, Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. This was however met with differing opinions.
Some who supported Judge Masipa’s ruling argued that Pistorius had already been in prison on a previous occasion for Steenkamp’s murder, some others also stated that the former Paralympic star has lost his star status and the case has already left a permanent social mark on Pistorius regardless of sentences. Others, however, thought he ought to serve the basic 15-year sentence.
Judge Masipa, nonetheless, retained her stance stating that “our courts are a court of law, not courts of public opinion.
Pistorius’ lawyers seemed to be okay with the ruling as they did not appeal against Pistorius’ sentence.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) however released a statement stating, “The sentence of six years imprisonment, in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed (and) shockingly too lenient,”
The NPA also described the sentences as “an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute,”adding that it would file papers to apply for leave to appeal on Thursday.
Reeva Steenkamp was murdered on February 14, 2013, when Pistorius fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet, saying he mistook her for an intruder.