Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have failed in their attempt to stop prosecutors appealing over his conviction for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Cape Town Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed an application to challenge the appeal by prosecutors, who want Pistorius convicted of the more serious charge of murder for shooting Miss Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.
In December, prosecutors were granted permission to take the case to South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal.
Double-amputee Pistorius, a Paralympic champion, is serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide.
Footage of the former South African athlete, obtained by the Daily Sun newspaper, seems to show him playing football with another inmate.Read the full story ›
A court in South Africa has granted prosecutors leave to appeal Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide conviction, Reuters reports.
Prosecutors will now seek a murder conviction over the death of Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
June Steenkamp has described the stormy relationship her daughter Reeva had with Oscar Pistorius.
In an exclusive interview on This Morning, June said her daughter had her bags packed to leave the Olympic champion the night he killed her.
She said their three month relationship was full of fights - which she found odd so soon in their relationship. She said:
I think they were fighting because he wanted to dominate her, and she wasn’t the kind of girl you could dominate. She had her own stand in life.
Asked by Phillip Schofield whether she thought Reeva was planning to leave, she said her bags were packed to leave on that fateful Valentine's night.
June said her presence in court disconcerted Oscar, and she thought this was important.
She said she will never get over the death of her daughter, and that she may meet Oscar in the future so that he can apologise for the enormous pain he has caused her family through his actions. She said she hopes her book will remind people of the life of her daughter, and not just her death.
Prosecutors say they have filed appeal papers against the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius case.
The prosecution is appealing against Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to acquit Pistorius of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Masipa found the Olympic runner guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.
South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said it had filed initial appeal papers, exactly two weeks after the double-amputee athlete was sentenced to five years in prison for killing Ms Steenkamp.
Prosecutors must first apply to Judge Masipa for permission to appeal against the verdict and sentence.
They say Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder. He would face a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted of murder on appeal.
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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.
Oscar Pistorius judgement , NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence
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.
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 cousin on Oscar Pistorius's sentence: "Reeva's life was worth more than that"