Days ahead of Oscar Pistorius being released state prosecutors file for murder charge

By Editorial Board - 17 August 2015 at 5:47 pm
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide conviction of Oscar Pistorius, who was acquitted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool, File)

Only days ahead of Oscar Pistorius being released on probation after spending 10 months in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend, prosecutors in South Africa have filed papers calling for him to be convicted of murder.

Pistorius the Olympic athlete was convicted of manslaughter last year after shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home. He maintains that he mistook her for a intruder in the house.

The state prosecutors are aiming to get his conviction reviewed and converted to murder with a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Last year Pistorius was jailed for five years for the charge of culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. He is now eligible for release having only served a sixth of his sentence.

If he is freed under “correctional supervision” he will serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

The judge adjudicating the trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa, said during sentencing that the state had failed to prove Pistorius’ intent to kill when he fired his weapon.

His defence team is now allowed a month to file in response to the states’ call to convict him for murder.

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