South Africa 3.3.2016 06:53 pm

Oscar denied right to appeal

A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 12 September 2014. The sentence is expected to be announced on 21 October.  EPA/STR

A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 12 September 2014. The sentence is expected to be announced on 21 October. EPA/STR

The former athlete has been on bail awaiting a new sentence since December last year.

Oscar Pistorius was denied the right to appeal his murder conviction by the Constitutional Court On Thursday.

The former athlete has been on bail awaiting a new sentence since December last year when he was found guilty of murder.

The conviction overturned his earlier conviction on the lighter charge of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva  Steenkamp. He applied for leave to appeal in January.

Pistorious faces a minimum jail term of 15 years, which may include time already spent behind bars. In October he was released to live under house arrest after serving one year of his five-year sentence.  He is due in court on the 18th  April for fresh sentencing.

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