Pistorius Trial – Athlete Could Yet Be Convicted of Murder [analysis]

While the National Prosecuting Authority might not be calling it a victory outright, there must have been sighs of relief in the NPA corridors on Wednesday. Fresh from the shock of the Dewani case discharge, the state has now been given leave to appeal against Oscar Pistorius’s acquittal on the charge of murder. To the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein we go – though likely not with any great speed.

Oscar Pistorius’s troubles are by no means over. If the athlete was banking on a ten-month stint behind bars, followed by serving out the rest of his 5-year sentence as house arrest, Wednesday’s events may have caused him to adjust his expectations. If the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) finds that Judge Thokozile Masipa erred in failing to convict Pistorius of murder in the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, he faces a new minimum sentence of 15 years.

We saw the power of the SCA in action earlier this month, when convicted fraudster J Arthur Brown had his R150,000 fine and a suspended sentence converted into a 15-year jail term.

The NPA will be hoping for a similar outcome from the Pistorius appeal, though spokesperson Nathi Mncube…

Source : Daily Maverick