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Pistorius prosecutors announce appeal

State prosecutors in South Africa will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year sentence Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority has announced.

NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube made the announcement on his Twitter feed earlier.

South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius on his way to jail after sentencing. Credit: Reuters

South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

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Reeva's cousin: 'Her life was worth more than that'

A relative of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, has said that the model was 'worth more' than the five year sentence handed down to Pistorius.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents: Justice has not been done

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp June and Barry told ITV News that they do not believe justice has been done.

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Oscar Pistorius let the pressure 'get to him'

Oscar Pistorius had "the dreams of all the disabled people out there" resting on his shoulders, according to his former lawyer Wergele McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie told ITV News he believes Pistorius was letting the pressure "get to him" before the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Verdict wait 'tougher than preparing for Olympics'

Oscar Pistorius' former agent Ray Wicksell said the wait for the court judgement was "harder than trying to prepare for any Olympic Games" for the athlete.

Speaking before today's verdict, he told ITV News: "This whole court decision is tougher than anything he can imagine times it by a million."

Uncle: Verdict a 'big burden' off Oscar's shoulders

The uncle of Oscar Pistorius said the family were "deeply affected by the devastating and tragic" death of Reeva Steenkamp and added that the athlete being cleared of murder was a "big burden" off the Olympian's shoulders.

Arnold Pistorius delivering a statement. Credit: ITV News

Arnold Pistorius said: "[We want to] show how grateful we are to the judge after she found him not guilty, the verdict is a big burden of our shoulders and Oscar's.

"We always knew the facts of the matter and never doubted Oscar's version of this tragic incident."

He added: "There's no victors in this, we as a family remain deeply affected by this devastating and tragic event and it won't bring Reeva back but our hearts go out to her family and friends."

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