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Prosecutors to appeal against Pistorius' sentence

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Johannesburg, July 21 : South African prosecutors said that they will appeal against Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius's six-year sentence for murder, calling it "shockingly too lenient".

The tiol Prosecuting Authority said the sentence was "disproportiote to the crime" and could bring the justice system "into disrepute".

The Olympic athlete was jailed earlier this month for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. He admitted killing her but says he mistook her for an intruder, reports BBC on Thursday.

The 29-year-old was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December.

A statement released by the tiol Prosecuting Authority said that an application for leave to appeal against Pistorius's sentence was submitted on Thursday. IANS

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