SA ConCourt Blocks Pistorius Appeal, Murder Sentence Looms

JOHANNESBURG – The Constitutional Court has denied Oscar Pistorius (pictured) leave to appeal his murder conviction.

The court says the defence had no reasonable grounds of success.

The Olympian will now be sentenced for murder on 18 April.

The National Prosecuting Authority has said that they welcome the decision of the constitutional court and is ready to go ahead with sentencing in April.

“We can confirm that the Constitutional Court has denied his [Pistorius’s] appeal due to the lack of prospects of success,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku.

The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the land, and was the last resort for the Paralympian to stay out of jail.

The NPA has said that they want a minimum of 15 years in jail. 

 Judge Thokozile Masipha will hear evidence regarding sentencing and she will sentence Pistorius. Masipha had originally found that he had only acted negligently.

Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp just over three years ago.


He was found guilty of culpable homicide, but in December the Supreme Court of Appeal changed that conviction to murder.

 

Pistorius has been out on bail and living at his uncle’s Waterkloof, Pretoria mansion since late last year when the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his earlier conviction of culpable homicide.

 

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