The Constitutional Court has dismissed former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s application to appeal against his 13-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend‚ Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius had sought to contest the ruling from the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on November 24 that extended his sentence from six years to 13 years and five months, for murdering Steenkamp in 2013. His lawyers also applied for condonation, because they missed the deadline of December 15 to file his leave to appeal, filing only on December 18. "The Constitutional Court has considered the applications for condonation and leave to appeal. It has concluded that the application for condonation should be granted‚ but the application for leave to appeal should be dismissed as it does not engage this court’s jurisdiction‚" the order‚ dated March 28‚ reads. Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide by the High Court in Pretoria in 2014. The SCA upgraded his conviction to murder in 201...

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