Pistorius defence team to argue unending trial


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Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers have filed a paper to the court on unending trial of him, when his case resumes in court on Aug. 26 to hear an appeal by state prosecutors against his murder sentence.

Pistorius defence team said on Friday in Pretoria that they would argue that the continuation of the case is inimical to the interests of justice, patently unfair and that enough is enough.

Luvuyo Mfaku, the National Prosecuting Authority Spokesman, said the case would be heard at the High Court in Pretoria next Friday before the original trial Judge Thokozile Masipa.

He said that Pistorius is not expected to attend the hearing.

The Paralympic gold medalist was sentenced in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

The state said last month it would appeal the jail term, which was less than half the 15 years it had sought.

Meanwhile, the prison officials said that the track star was treated in hospital for wrist injuries earlier this month, but said Pistorius denied trying to kill himself.

The official said that the incident coincided with the first day of competition in the Rio Olympic Games.(Reuters/NAN)

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