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South Africa's top court dismisses Oscar Pistorius' bid to appeal murder sentence

Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 (AP)
Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 (AP)
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South Africa's Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius to appeal his sentence for murdering his girlfriend, legal documents showed on Monday.

Pistorious was initially jailed for six years for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp, but prosecutors argued that sentence had been "shockingly lenient" and an appeal court agreed in November to more than double the term to 15 years.

Pistorius challenged the appeals court's ruling in the Constitutional Court.

"The Constitutional Court has considered the application for condonation and leave to appeal. It has concluded that ... the application for leave to appeal should be dismissed as it does not engage this court's jurisdiction," read the court's order dated March 28 and made public by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday.

The NPA said it was pleased with the order.

"We have always contended as the NPA that their leave to appeal has no prospects of success, and the Constitutional Court has just confirmed that," NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said.

Reuters

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