Pistorius' defence files arguments against murder charge

South African sprint runner fights to stop culpable homicide conviction being replaced with conviction for murder

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Sep 18, 2015

South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius' lawyers submitted a 40-page argument on Thursday against attempts by prosecutors to have his conviction for culpable homicide replaced by a murder conviction.

His defence team is trying to prevent the athlete’s situation for worsening after he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for shooting his girlfriend behind his bathroom’s closed door. He claimed he thought he was shooting at an intruder.

Pistorius might face a harsher sentence for murder.

State prosecutors said that Judge Thokozile Masipa had not interpreted the law correctly when she decided that Pistorius did not mean to actually shoot his girlfriend.

If The Supreme Court of Appeal finds decides that the law was not followed properly, the case will be tried again. Otherwise, Pistorius could face up to fifteen years in prison.

Oscar Pistorius was to be placed under house arrest in August but the process did not go further as South Africa's justice minister decided not to release him. Whether he can be detained at home will be decided on Friday after his case is reviewed again.

TRTWorld and agencies