Oscar Pistorius loses murder appeal bid

Oscar Pistorius loses murder appeal bid

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine’s Day in 2013, had appealed to South Africa’s highest court, saying another court erred when it overturned a manslaughter conviction and declared the Olympic athlete guilty of murder. Pistorius is under house arrest while the Constitutional Court decided if it would hear the case.

A lawyer acting for Oscar Pistorius has said South Africa’s highest court has dismissed his appeal against his murder conviction, adding he will be sentenced for murder. The athlete will be sentenced on April 18.

Luvuyo Mfaku, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, said: “The court dismissed the application for leave to appeal because there are are no prospects of success.” Pistorius’s legal team maintained that the Supreme Court of Appeal, which convicted Pistorius of murder, ignored his vulnerability as a person with a disability. Read more

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