Sports South African court dismisses Pistorius appeal

17:46  10 april  2018
17:46  10 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa 's highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius ' appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said Thursday, signaling that the former track star's long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close.

JOHANNESBURG - Legal experts say Olympian Oscar Pistorius has finally run out of options to appeal his 13-year prison sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

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South Africa's highest court dismissed Pistorius' request to review the sentence on Monday, bringing a close to a five-year legal saga surrounding the man who was once one of the world's most celebrated athletes.

"There is nothing they can do," said Pierre de Vos, a constitutional law expert at the University of Cape Town.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal more than doubled Pistorius' six-year sentence for the murder of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, who he shot four times through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

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"The court dismissed the application for leave to appeal because there are no prospects of success," National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told the AFP news agency. South African prosecutors seek Pistorius murder charge. Addressing South Africa 's supreme court , state

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa 's highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius ' appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said Thursday, signaling that the former track star's long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, and the court called the initial six-year sentence "shockingly lenient."

The double-amputee runner, who is 31, claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.

Pistorius was originally convicted of manslaughter, but that was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court. He has also tried and failed to appeal his murder conviction in the constitutional Court.

"Oscar Pistorius has exhausted his legal avenues in terms of the criminal process," said Luvuyo Mfaku, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority.

Pistorius must serve at least half of his 13-year sentence before he can be considered for parole.

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