11 January 2016

South Africa: Oscar Pistorius Heads to Constitutional Court

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has filed papers with the Constitutional Court in a bid to appeal his conviction, his legal team confirmed on Monday.

"Yes, we have filed papers with the Constitutional Court," said one of Pistorius's attorney's, Brian Webber.

He refused to divulge the basis of their application, referring News24 to the Constitutional Court to obtain the court papers.

Pistorius is currently out on bail of R10 000 and is expected to head back to the High Court in Pretoria on April 18 for sentencing proceedings.

This after the Supreme Court of Appeal in December changed his culpable homicide conviction to one of murder.

The Paralympic star was also given an electronic monitoring tag and is only allowed to travel within a radius of 20km from his uncle's Waterkloof home, where he was previously staying under correctional supervision for his original sentence of culpable homicide.

Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux had previously indicated that they intended to file an appeal with the Constitutional Court, and if that was unsuccessful they would return to the High Court for sentencing.

Pistorius faces a minimum of 15 years for the murder, unless he provides substantial and compelling reasons to the High Court to deviate from that.

He shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, later stating he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the door of a toilet cubicle in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Pistorius has already served one sixth of a five-year sentence he was handed after being found guilty of culpable homicide.

He was released from jail in October.

Source: News24

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