Oscar Pistorius has exhausted all available means to challenge his murder conviction. He didn’t succeed when the case was brought to the Supreme Court of Appeal, so he approached the highest court, that failed too and Pistorius must now get set to serve the minimum sentence of 15 years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
While the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that the Constitutional Court denied Pistorius’ leave to appeal his murder conviction, it was disclosed that the state will be arguing to ensure Pistorius receives the minimum sentence.
Speaking, NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku said; “we can confirm that we received an order from the Registrar of the Constitutional Court to the effect that the leave to appeal is dismissed due to lack of prospects of success.”
Mfaku related that Pistorius will be sentenced next month as nine Constitutional Court judges who were led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng found no reason to grant Pistorius leave to appeal.
That implies a dead-end for the convicted, the only option for him is to return to the High Court where Judge Thokozile Masipa will hear sentencing arguments.
“The matter was postponed to 18 April for sentencing procedures. He’ll appear in court and sentencing will continue as planned,” Mfaku said.
Pistorius is presently under house arrest as was decided in court last year after the Supreme Court of Appeal discarded his culpable homicide conviction, and replaced it with murder.
The athlete was arrested on Valentine’s Day three years ago for killing his 29 year-old model girlfriend who he shot four times. Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder that crept into his home.
Prosecutors however accused him of premeditated murder. Their argument echos the fact that Pistorius didn’t shoot once through the locked bathroom door, he fired four times.
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