SA court rejects Pistorius' right to appeal conviction
South Africa's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected Olympian Oscar Pistorius' right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, television news channel ENCA reported.
The news station said that the highest court in the country ruled that Pistorius had no reasonable grounds of success on his appeal.
Pistorius now faces a possible minimum 15-year jail sentence for the murder of his girlfriend.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.
He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
In December, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court under Judge Masipa had not applied correctly the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
Thank you to my loved ones and those that have been there for me, who have picked me up and helped me through everything.— Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) August 8, 2014
Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-calibre weapon, Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training.
Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.
Source: Reuters, BBC News