Law expert doubts Oscar Pistorius' lawyers' appeal strategy

MARCH 13, 2015

A legal expert has expressed doubt about Oscar Pistorius’ legal team seeking to overturn a leave to appeal the former athlete's conviction of culpable homicide granted to the state by Judge Thokozile Masipa last year. The team is taking their appeal to the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

“I don't think they have a water tight case. Initially, they might have thought so that's why they didn't bring it in the beginning when they should have.

“I think they felt not comfortable that the state won't be able to prove that the judge erred, and they were comfortable that the state would find that the judge might have made the finding based on fact and not on law so I think they might have come to different introspection by now,” law expert, Tiaan Joubert, told the SABC.

State prosecutor, Gerri Nel, has also maintained that there are no provisions under law to appeal an appeal.

Pistorius is currently serving a five-year sentence in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison after he was convicted of culpable homicide following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his Silverwoods home east of Pretoria on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The double-amputee claimed he mistook her for an intruder.