WATCH: State's Pistorius appeal bid dismissed with costs

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A combination photo featuring Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and Judge Thokozile Masipa ahead of the athlete's sentencing.

WATCH FULL HEARING: Judge Masipa denies leave to appeal Oscar six-year sentence

PRETORIA – Judge Thokozile Masipa has dismissed the State’s application for leave to appeal Oscar Pistorius’s six-year murder sentence, with costs.

In the North Gauteng High Court on Friday morning Judge Masipa said: “I’ve considered all the arguments for and against.”

She said the State did not have a reasonable prospect of success in its appeal. 

 

 

If the State wants to pursue the appeal then it could petition the court directly.

Earlier, State prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that Judge Masipa’s six-year sentence in July of Pistorius for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was too lenient.

Nel had argued that the court could not prescribe whichever sentence it deems fit.

“The court’s starting point should be the minimum sentence of 15 years”, and the six years handed down is “shockingly lenient", said Nel.

 

 

Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux hit back saying that the six-year sentence wasn’t lenient because Pistorius had already served some time.

“Eight years in effect, eight years for a man who’s vulnerable – who that night made a mistake of his life and who lost everything he had, who fell from the top to the bottom, who came out of jail and had to go back. Eight years: inappropriate, shockingly lenient? My lady it can never be,” said Roux.

He also questioned why the State didn’t issue a statement on the day of the sentencing if it thought the sentencing was so shocking and inappropriate.

 

 

Nel argued Judge Masipa was wrong to find mitigating factors that the Pistorius was a good candidate for rehabilitation and had showed remorse, outweighed the aggravating factors.

Roux had said that the State’s appeal was not justified or effective and that their insinuation that the judge doesn’t understand sentencing procedures was an insult.

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