Prosecution `disappointed` by Oscar Pistorius murder acquittal

AFP| Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 17:24 PM IST
Prosecution `disappointed` by Oscar Pistorius murder acquittal

South Africa`s state prosecutors said they were "disappointed" by Oscar Pistorius`s acquittal on murder charges, but will wait before deciding whether to appeal the decision.

"We respect the court`s decision to convict the accused on culpable homicide, which is in fact a serious crime," said National Prosecution Authority (NPA) spokesperson Nathi Mncube.

"We are however, disappointed that we were not successful in securing a conviction on the original charge of premeditated murder, negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of ammunition," he said in a statement.

Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Pistorius on the more serious charge of murder ruling that he had acted "negligently" in killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a blonde law graduate and model.

The NPA will decide whether to appeal after the sentence is handed down next month.

"It is only after a sentence has been imposed that the NPA will be able to weigh our options, whether we want to take the matter further or not," he told reporters outside the courtroom.