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.
The end of the road for #OscarPistorius in challenging his murder sentence.
As it did when Pistorius tried to appeal his murder conviction, Concourt has refused to grant the Paralympian a hearing. https://t.co/ua7lXQbmk5
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) 9 April 2018
The Consitiutional Court is the highest court in South Africa & It has dismissed the Oscar Pistorius appeal, as there are no consitional principles applicable. Mr Pistorius will serve 7.5 years in prison before being eligible to bring a parole application. #OscarPistorius pic.twitter.com/3ju1AHHHix
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) 9 April 2018
Oscar Pistorius didn’t just waste his time, he wasted his money too. The Law of this country is weak. He should have just admitted long time ago. He would be out together with Jub Jub right now but ke…@AdvBarryRoux came ate the money 💷 & left.
— Aluta✊ (@LuthoZA) 9 April 2018
It’s arrogant of Pistorius to try and exercise options, when his victim had no option but to succumb to fatal gunshot wounds. He must serve full term.
— Khula Ngomane (@mosesngomane24) 9 April 2018