National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku on Monday confirmed the date for the hearing by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Athlete Pistorius was sent to jail for a second time in June 2016 to start serving his six-year jail term for the Valentine’s Day 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He had initially been found guilty of  of culpable homicide and received a five-year prison sentence, but on appeal by the state, was found guilty of murder.

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The case was transferred back to then original trial judge, Judge Thokozile Masipa, who then sentenced Pistorius to six years.

Masipa said she found that there were compelling circumstances to give Pistorius a lesser sentence, despite the prosecution wanting the prescribed sentence for murder.

“To answer the question whether there exist substantial and compelling circumstances justifying a lesser sentence, courts must also [consider] aggravating factors as well as mitigating factors,” she said in July last year.

She also disagreed with the prosecution’s argument that Pistorius did not show any remorse, saying that Pistorius trying to meet with Steenkamp’s family was a sign of it.

Masipa also added that while Pistorius might have been said to have a short temper, that didn’t make him a violent person.

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“This court is aware that the accused has expressed a wish to do community work as punishment – that is a noble gesture. However, punishment is not what you choose to do, it is something that is imposed on you,” she said. “I am of the view that a long-term imprisonment will not serve justice in this matter.”

The state, however, indicated that it would appeal the “shockingly lenient” sentence.

– African News Agency