Report Of Pistorius Arrest Warrant Denied

Report Of Pistorius Arrest Warrant Denied

Authorities in South Africa have denied issuing an arrest warrant for Oscar Pistorius after he was convicted of murder.

The 29-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter last year after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, yet the conviction was changed to murder by an appeal judge this week.

According to eNCA televison, an arrest warrant was issued by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). which it planned to enforce next week.

But NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told Reuters: "It is not the case. No such warrant has been issued."

He was previously quoted by eNCA as saying: "We are trying to arrange with the Pretoria High Court that he can appear before court, where the matter will be formally postponed for sentencing.

"We are trying to do this as a matter of extreme urgency. If it was up to us it would have happened yesterday already."

The Paralympian was originally convicted of culpable homicide – similar to manslaughter – after a lengthy trial.

But this week Supreme Court of Appeal judge Justice Leach said he must have foreseen that firing into the toilet would likely have killed whoever was inside – yet still pulled the trigger.

As a result the conviction was changed to murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in South Africa.

The appeal centred on the concept of dolus eventualis – a Latin legal phrase meaning the act was carried out knowing it would lead to death.

The Appeal Court said the concept had been incorrectly applied by Judge Masipa in the original trial.

She must now re-sentence Pistorius, who is currently out on parole after serving less than a year of his original five-year sentence.

He is expected to appear before her again in the New Year.

Source: “Sky News”