Court denies Oscar Pistorious's appeal for murder conviction

Court denies Oscar Pistorious's appeal for murder conviction

- Oscar pistorious loses appeal for murder conviction

- He is likely to be sentenced for 15 years for murder

- Oscar is currently under house arrest

Court denies Oscar Pistorious's appeal for murder conviction

Oscar Pistorius/Photo Credit:BBC

A constitutional court has denied Oscar Pistorius leave to appeal against his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the Constitutional Court found "no prospect of success" in Pistorius' appeal, hence denying Oscar’s appeal.

The case will now go back to Judge Thokozile Masipa - who cleared the athlete of murder in the original case - for sentencing on 18 April. Many in the country felt that judge Thokozile Masipa had erred when she convicted him of a lesser charge, but some still believed Pistorius had not intended to kill anyone, let alone Reeva Steenkamp.

The next step now is for the two legal teams to present their arguments about the length of his sentence. Prosecutors are believed to be targeting a sentence of at least 15 years in jail for Pistorius. The denial by the court means the South African athlete will now be sentenced in April.

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In December, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court under Judge Masipa had not applied correctly the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.

Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-calibre weapon, Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training but Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.

Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door. A manslaughter verdict was overturned in December and a murder verdict introduced in its place.He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.

 

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