Appeal brought by Oscar defence dismissed


South Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa has dismissed an application brought by the defence team for jailed Olympian Oscar Pistorius, against the State appealing his culpable homicide conviction for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, two years ago.

“Both councils had the opportunity to argue before this court. I am not satisfied that this is the correct court to hear this application. There is really nothing new in the submission by council for the applicant. Therefore, it would be wrong to grant or refuse this application,” Masipa said in her verdict.

Earlier, State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, stated that the court was wrong when it originally granted leave to appeal, saying that, “The court doesn’t have the power to review its own decisions. It cannot review its own judgement.”

Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, said the application was regarding the granting of the State leave to appeal, and that it had nothing to do with Pistorius being sentenced to five years inside the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility in September last year.

“The State thinks its second application was for leave to appeal [which] it was not. It is a substantive application. I am surprised that the State keeps on referring to the present application,” Roux argued.