Thursday, March 3, 2016

Concourt denies pistorius leave to appeal

The Constitutional Court of South Africa denied Oscar Pistorius leave to appeal against his murder conviction due to "lack of prospects of success." Pistorius, who fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, will be sentenced on April 18 and faces at least 15 years in prison...

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has denied Oscar Pistorius leave to appeal his murder conviction.

The court says the defence had no reasonable grounds of success.

The Olympian will now be sentenced for murder on 18 April.

The National Prosecuting Authority has said that they welcome the decision of the constitutional court and is ready to go ahead with sentencing in April.

“We can confirm that the Constitutional Court has denied his [Pistorius’s] appeal due to the lack of prospects of success,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku.

The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the land, and was the last resort for the Paralympian to stay out of jail...

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