See Why ConCourt Rejects Oscar Pistorius’ Leave To Appeal Application

Oscar Pistorius

The Constitutional Court has dismissed convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius’ appeal against his conviction, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Thursday

“We can confirm that we have received an order from the registrar of the ConCourt to the effect that his application for leave to appeal has been denied,” NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24.

The appeal was denied on the grounds that there were no prospects of success.

Pistorius is currently out on bail of R10 000 and is expected to head back to the high court in Pretoria on 18 April for sentencing proceedings before Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Pistorius will be sentenced again, after his culpable homicide conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last year for a stronger conviction of murder.

The SCA ruled in favour of the State, setting aside Judge Masipa’s 2014 culpable homicide conviction.

The unanimous judgment was clear – Pistorius gambled with the life of the person behind the toilet door by firing four shots with a heavy-calibre firearm into a small space.

The SCA referred the matter back to the trial court for sentencing.

The SCA’s ruling came almost three years after Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

He spent a year in prison and was released in October to serve the remainder of his five-year sentence under correctional supervision.

source: Destinyman


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