Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius (pictured) could spend at least six to seven years behind bars.
The state will ask that Oscar Pistorius be given the minimum sentence of 15 years for murder when it returns to court next month. This comes after the Constitutional Court rejected his application to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision.
However, legal experts say Pistorius will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.
Justice Eric Leach read out the order, a ruling that sealed Oscar Pistorius’ fate but it was not to end there for the disgraced athlete.
The Paralympian sought to overturn that decision at the highest court in the land, he has hit a brick wall.
The Constitutional Court believes he would have no prospects of success in appealing the Supreme Court of Appeal decision.
With Pistorius’ last hope now out the window, prosecutors are going ahead with sentencing arguments in April.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s Luvuyo Mfaku says murder carries out a minimum sentence of 15 years.
“As the state we have got a responsibility in terms of our legislation and policy guidelines to ensure that justice is served by calling on the prescribed minimum sentence to be imposed,” says Mfaku. This means a longer jail time for the embattled athlete.
Law Expert Llewellyn Curlewis says time spent in jail must be deducted from that that’s more or less a year from whatever the judge imposes.
“The judge has in her discretion the purgative to deviate if they are compelling and substantial evidence to do so. All things considered I think 11 and 12 years will be suitable,” says Curlewis.
Pistorius is currently out on bail, serving his sentence under house arrest.
After a protracted legal battle it is now the end of the road for Oscar Pistorius. However, his family is refusing to be drawn into commenting on this last blow.
Meanwhile, Reeva Steenkamp’s family believes justice will finally be served. Pistorius is due back in court on April 18.