Court Rejects Oscar Pistorius’ Right to Appeal

It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, after shooting her four times through the door of his bathroom toilet after saying he mistook her for an intruder. The killing took place on Valentine’s Day 2013, and after a grinding series of court appearances, today, it has been revealed that South Africa’s highest court has rejected the former Olympian’s right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend. The Constitutional Court came to a ruling that Pistorius had no reasonable grounds of success with his legal battle.

Pistorius is now facing a possible minimum 15-year jail sentence after being convicted of deliberately gunning down his lover through a bathroom door. The athlete has been on bail since December after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found him guilty of murder, overturning his earlier conviction of culpable homicide, which would have been a significantly lesser charge.

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