Prosecutors appeal to South Africa's Supreme Court to have conviction against Oscar Pistorius changed from 'culpable homicide' to murderRead the full story ›
An appeal by South African prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide charge changed to a murder one has come to an end with judgement reserved until a later date.
An appeal court judge has told Oscar Pistorius' lawyer that it "would be a miracle not to shoot someone" if firing repeatedly through a door which someone is behind.
Responding to the lawyer's submission that the original judge in his client's case had not ignored key circumstantial evidence Justice Leach said: "If you put four shoots through that door you must surely foresee that you will shoot someone."
#oscarpistorius appeal court judge Leach; if you fired for times thought the toilet door it would be a miracle not to shoot someone inside
#oscarappeal judge leach giving defence hard time: can't OP be convicted of murder of person in toilet even if he thought Reeve was in bed?
The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorious case has argued that the judge in the original case should not have thrown out circumstantial evidence which would have made the athlete's version of events "impossible".
Gerrie Nel said: "The court ignored the evidence, the most important circumstantial evidence, that would make the accused version, not reasonably or possibly true, but impossible."
Nel is arguing that Pistorius should have been given a murder conviction.
#OscarAppeal prosecution claims original trial ignored most important circumstantial evidence that would make OP's version impossible
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June has arrived in court this morning as Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers appear back before judges in a fresh bid to try to keep their client from returning to jail.
Speaking to Sky News Reeva's mother said the paralympian's original sentence had been too short.
She said: "He killed her and he's been in jail for 11 months and it's too short a time for taking someone's life.
"And even though I don't want to hurt him in any way, he has to face the truth … it's justice for Reeva."
Oscar Pistorius is set for release from jail in August after serving just 10 months behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympic medallist is expected to serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest in South Africa.
Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting his model girlfriend through a bathroom door at his home in 2013. He has always maintained it was an accident.
The Steenkamp family said in a statement they did not seek to avenge Reeva's death as that would not bring her back.
"However, a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions," they added.
In November, prosecutors are set to appeal against Pistorius' sentence. If successful, it could see him jailed for 15 years.
ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:
South African prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius be released from jail on 21st August and be placed under house arrest.
A prison committee recommended that Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence for the unlawful killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
The Associated Press report that a full parole board decision is pending and that the full conditions of Pistorius' house arrest won't be made public by the authorities.
South African Oscar Pistorius is expected to be released on parole in August, Reuters has reported, citing a family member.
Double-amputee Pistorius, a Paralympic champion, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
"Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August," a Pistorious family member who did not want to be named told the news agency. Pistorius started his five year sentence in October last year.