South Africa's Constitutional Court has rejected a request for appeal by the former athlete Oscar Pistorius,31, who faces 13 years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
His jail term and murder conviction remains the same. National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku welcomed the decision. Former prosecutor in the case‚ Gerrie Nel‚ said in reaction to the news on Monday: “Justice has been done. I’m just glad that this is over. ”Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 after firing four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet claiming later he believed that had been an intruder. No further recourse to appeal is available for Pistorius. He was initially sentenced to six years in prison for culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter.
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The supreme court of appeal commented it was "difficult on the evidence" to accept Pistorius was "genuinely remorseful", noting contradictions in his account meant "one did not know his explanation is for having fired the shots". Ms Steenkamp was a successful model, 29 old. Tania Koen, the Steenkamp’s family lawyer, said that Reeva’s parents had “always had faith in the justice system” and had no further comment to make. It is unclear when Pistorius, who is detained in prison outside the capital Pretoria, could be eligible for parole. Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius sustained minor injuries after a fight in prison last Wednesday, the Department of Correctional Services said on Tuesday. "It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit, where both offenders are detained at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre," said department spokesman.