ConCourt dismisses Pistorius' 13-year sentence appeal

ConCourt dismisses Pistorius' 13-year sentence appeal

- The Constitutional Court rejected Pistorius' application to appeal and Mafaku welcomed their decision

- The State have not gone lightly on him and have appealed his sentences at every chance as they did not feel that justice had been served

- After his release to house arrest in 2015, he was re-sentenced to 6 years and then a final 13 years and 5 months for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkap

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Ocsar Pistorius, South Africa’s former Paralympian, put in an application to appeal his 13 year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkap, and the Constitutional Court dismissed his application.

In an order dated March 28, the court gave their order.

"The Constitutional Court has considered the application for condonation and leave to appeal. It has concluded that the application for condonation should be granted but that the application for leave to appeal should be dismissed as it does not engage this court's jurisdiction.”

Briefly.co.za learnt that Luvuyo Mfaku, the National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, received the decision openly.

"It has always been our contention that their application for leave to appeal has no prospects of success, hence we are pleased with the order of the Constitutional Court.”

Pistorius was arrested back in 2013 on Valentine ’s Day when he killed Steenkamp.

He killed her by firing four bullets through their bathroom door while she was inside. He proclaimed that he did not know it was her and thought that there was an intruder inside their home.

Judge Thokozile Masipa convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide in 2014 and was later sentenced to five years imprisonment.

After only 10 months of his five year sentence, Pistorius was released and placed on house arrest.

Despite his release, the State went on to appeal his homicide conviction in 2016 and the Supreme Court of Appeal heard the appeal and changed Pistorius’s conviction to that of murder.

A six year sentence was given by Masipa.

The State went on again to content the sentence, saying that it was far too lenient for a murder charge.

Pistorius was due then serve 15 years imprisonment, but the court took his time already served into account and he was sentenced to 13 years and five months.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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