Constitutional Court rejects Oscar Pistorius’ application for leave to appeal

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius hurt and injured in a Prison fight

The Constitutional Court has dismissed former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ application for leave to appeal against his 13-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend‚ model Reeva Steenkamp.

“The Constitutional Court has considered the applications for condonation and leave to appeal. It has concluded that the application for condonation should be granted‚ but the application for leave to appeal should be dismissed as it does not engage this Court’s jurisdiction‚” the order‚ dated March 28‚ reads.

The ruling means Pistorius must serve at-least 7.5 years in prison before being eligible for a possible parole.

The decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss of leave to appeal by Oscar Pistorius was welcomed by the Womens League saying Oscar must serve his sentence of 13yrs for murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

“He has never shown any remorse for killing Reeva and even today he has never explained why he fired the four shots which killed her.” said Womens League

“The dismissal of leave to appeal by the ConCourt should serve as a lesson to other perpetrators of femicide and women abuse in general who thinks they can just kill/abuse and use their financial muscles to avoid serving jail term.

“The killing of Reeva by Oscar was not just the murder of woman, but the murder of woman because she is a woman.”

Former prosecutor in the case‚ Gerrie Nel‚ said in reaction to the news on Monday: “Justice has been done. I’m just glad that this is over.”

Pistorius’ legal team applied for condonation after they missed the court’s deadline for his application for leave to appeal. The deadline was December 15‚ but they only filed on December 18.

Pistorius wanted to contest the ruling from the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on November 24 that extended his sentence from six to 13 years and five months for murdering Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide in the Pretoria High Court in 2014. The SCA upgraded his conviction to murder in 2015.

The High Court sentenced Pistorius to six years’ imprisonment in July 2016.




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