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Court denies Oscar Pistorius appeal for Steenkamp murder
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Court denies Oscar Pistorius appeal for Steenkamp murder

Mfonobong Akpan

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave by the Constitutional Court to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, meaning Pistorius will now be sentenced in April.

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the Constitutional Court found “no prospect of success” in Pistorius’ appeal.

This is the end of the road for Oscar Pistorius because the Constitutional Court was his last chance to overturn his murder conviction.

The next step now is for the two legal teams to present their arguments about the length of his sentence – and the state wants no less than 15 years.

Prosecutors are believed to be targeting a sentence of at least 15 years in jail for Pistorius.

He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.

Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door. Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.

source: bbc.com