Pistorius case: Prosecutors to hear if they can appeal

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A judge in South Africa is set to rule on whether prosecutors can appeal against the five-year jail sentence passed on Oscar Pistorius. The Paralympian athlete was sentenced in October for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot at their home last year. Prosecutors called the five-year prison term “shockingly light”, and said they would appeal for a tougher sentence. They also vowed to appeal against Pistorius’ acquittal on murder charges. The double-amputee sprinter had been charged by the prosecution with the pre-meditated murder of Ms Steenkamp, a model and law graduate. He was also acquitted of the lesser murder charge of dolus eventualis by…

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