Monday 21 May 2018

Oscar Pistorius seeking to appeal murder conviction for killing of Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp in 2012
Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp in 2012

Oscar Pistorius is seeking to appeal his murder conviction for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The athlete's legal team has asked South Africa's Constitutional Court to allow it to appeal the double-amputee Olympian's conviction.

Lawyer Andrew Fawcett said papers have been filed with the court "asking them to grant us leave to appeal".

It is not clear how long the Constitutional Court will take to decide whether it will hear Pistorius' case.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius is awaiting a court ruling on whether his conviction of culpable homicide should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder (AP)

In December, an appeals court threw out a lower court's lesser manslaughter conviction and found Pistorius guilty of murder.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of a toilet cubicle in his home early on Valentine's Day 2013.

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