South African top court throws out Oscar Pistorius appeal bid

Oscar Pistorius crying in Court

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has rejected Oscar Pistorius’s last-ditch effort at appealing against his murder conviction for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee and paralympic champion has been on bail awaiting a new sentence since December, when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found him guilty of murder. Pistorius’s earlier conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide was overturned by the SCA in December 2015.

The Constitutional Court’s ruling implies that Pistorius will now be sentenced in April. Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.

Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.

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