No more chances: Oscar Pistorius’s appeal rejected

It’s been over three years since Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her partner Oscar Pistorius, in a court case that

It’s been over three years since Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her partner Oscar Pistorius, in a court case that shocked the world.

He was 26 and a successful dual Olympian and Paralympian, she was 29 and a beautiful model, both with the world at their feet. However it was turned upside down when Pistorius shot her through a locked bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Whether or not it was premeditated murder or just culpable homicide has been battled in South African courts for years. But a new appeal from Pistorius’ legal team has just been quashed, meaning he will have to serve a minimum jail term of up to 15 years.

The world was shocked when the athlete was convicted of culpable homicide and was able to go home on house arrest. Later the verdict was overturned to murder, and overnight South Africa’s Constitutional Court rejected Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ right to appeal against his conviction.

“We can confirm that Oscar Pistorius’ leave to appeal has been denied,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told Reuters on Thursday.

Anneliese Burgess, the Pistorius’ family spokeswoman, said she would prepare a statement as soon as possible.

Pistorius faces a possible minimum 15-year jail sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, reports BBC.

It has been suggested Pistorius will find out his jail term on April 18.

Tell us: do you think this is right? Do you think Oscar Pistorius meant to kill Reeva or was it all a horrible accident?

  1. I have no pity for this man, he snuffed out his girlfriends life. Therefore WHY should he be able to walk free and live his life as though nothing happened? 15 years doesn’t seem long enough to me.

  2. In anger he killed her because the relationship had ended yes he has to do his sentence.

    • If the relationship had ended why was she with him in bed on st Valentine’s day. Sounds a bit strange to me.

    • Maya Richardson
      Because that’s how a lot of abusive relationships are. You may not understand it, but quite often in an abusive relationship, the abused partner will go back to the abuser just for the sake of peace. Promises are made by the abuser and the abused wants to believe that things have changed.
      You may never have been in an abusive relationship, but for those who have, they understand this.

  3. He can stay there for ever as far as zi am concerned. He did the crime he should do the time where he deserves to be.

  4. Finally justice has been served! In raging anger he murdered a beautiful young woman, yes rot in jail you narcissistic piece of lying filth….

  5. Her parents must be exhausted, but relieved….their beautiful daughter’s life was always worth more than the original sentence….

  6. I can’t for the life of me understand the justice system of that country. First they put him in gaol then let him out, now they are going to put him back in. Screwed up .

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