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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.
 
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
 
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