S. African court rejects Pistorius’ murder conviction appeal

South African Constitutional Court denies Oscar Pistorius leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after his bail hearing, in this photo taken on December 8, 2015.

South African amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius’ right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been rejected by the country’s Constitutional Court on Thursday.

"We can confirm that Oscar Pistorius' leave to appeal has been denied," National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said.

Pistorius’ family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said that she will issue a statement after consultation with the family.

Pistorius had filed papers to appeal against his conviction at the high court on January 11 after the court overturned his house arrest in December 2015. 

A local court sentenced the Paralympic gold medallist to five years of house arrest in October 2015 after more than a year of jailtime.

State prosecutors objected to the high court’s decision and argued that Pistorius should be convicted of a murder charge and be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Pistorius had said that he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom.

TRTWorld and agencies