Pistorius legal team says court asked to hear appeal

JOHANNESBURG -- Oscar Pistorius has appealed his murder conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to South Africa's constitutional Court, a lawyer for the double-amputee Olympian said Monday.

See Full Article

"We filed papers with the constitutional Court today asking them to grant us leave to appeal," defence lawyer Andrew Fawcett said.

Pistorius' lawyers have not said on what basis they would appeal the murder conviction at the constitutional Court, and it was not immediately clear how long the court will take to decide whether it will hear the case.

In December, an appeals court threw out a lower court's lesser manslaughter conviction and found Pistorius guilty of murder. Days later, a judge in another court set an April sentencing date. At the time, prosecution spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said the April date would allow the constitutional Court time to decide whether it would hear Pistorius' appeal.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of a toilet cubicle in his home early on Valentine's Day 2013. He is currently out on bail and staying at his uncle's mansion in Pretoria.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, though a judge can reduce that sentence for what the law describes as exceptional circumstances.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • UN seeks to reverse 'radical decline' in donations to North Korea

    World News CBC News
    International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report. The report issued this week by the UN's senior resident official in Pyongyang said sanctions are inadvertently hindering legitimate operations on the ground and have indirectly contributed to a "radical decline" in donations it said are badly needed by millions of North Korean women and children. Source
  • McGill rejects 'unfounded rumours' over academic freedom after Andrew Potter's resignation

    Canada News CBC News
    McGill University is addressing what it calls "unfounded rumours and concerns regarding academic freedom" following Andrew Potter's resignation from his post as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada. "I want to assure members of the McGill community that academic freedom is a foundational principle of McGill University," principal Suzanne Fortier said late Thursday in an open letter to the university community. Source
  • Everyone thinks Parliament should be reformed, but no one can agree on how

    Canada News CBC News
    The state and functioning of the House of Commons have been widely and sorrowfully lamented in recent years. But to the list of lamentable things might now be added the latest attempt at parliamentary reform, an effort that seems in danger of being strangled by parliamentary democracy. Source
  • 'Strong suspicion': Dylan Koshman's 2008 disappearance in Edmonton upgraded to homicide investigation

    Canada News CBC News
    An eight-year-old missing person cold case in Edmonton has been upgraded to a homicide investigation, The Fifth Estate has learned. Edmonton Police Services quietly transferred the Dylan Koshman file from their missing person unit to their homicide department several months ago. Source
  • Budget 2017 bids a sombre adieu to the venerable Canada Savings Bond

    Canada News CBC News
    The Canada Savings Bond, a ubiquitous savings vehicle that grew from humble postwar origins into a household name by the 1980s, died this week after a lengthy decline. She was 71 years old. The official cause of death was no longer being "a cost effective source of funds. Source
  • Dennis Oland's lawyers prepare to seek 'complete vindication'

    Canada News CBC News
    Dennis Oland's second-degree murder case could soon be back before the Supreme Court of Canada as his defence lawyers prepare next steps in their bid toward his "complete vindication." Buoyed by the court's decision Thursday that Oland was wrongly denied bail pending his appeal of his murder conviction, his lawyers expect to file more arguments to the country's highest court next week, seeking an acquittal. Source
  • Inexpensive credit for speculators is fuelling irrational housing price increases

    Canada News CBC News
    In the debate about how best to address soaring housing prices in some Canadian cities, the most obvious answer is being ignored. Why? Because it doesn't serve the interests of those with the loudest voices. Real estate agents and developers, who benefit from increased activity, claim the solution is to increase supply by easing zoning regulations and expanding the available stock of housing. Source
  • The officer and the MP: both tried to save lives, only one succeeded

    World News CBC News
    Before any of it happened, the officer and the politician lived oddly parallel lives. They both worked at Westminster. They were just two years apart in age. And at times in life they both carried the titles of father, and soldier. Source
  • The politics of Pluto: 10 years later, the bitter debate rages on

    World News CBC News
    It's a gloves-off, no-holds-barred debate: Is Pluto a planet or not? Lately, the question has elicited some fiery exchanges between the scientists at the forefront of the argument. Both sides claim to have great respect for the other's work, but when you speak with them, they're quick to mock their opponents' views on the subject. Source
  • Funeral to be held for St. Catharine's boy whose death led to murder charge

    Canada News CTV News
    THOROLD, Ont. - Funeral services will be held today for a seven-year-old boy who died last week in St. Catharines, Ont., leading to a murder charge against his stepfather. Nathan Dumas was rushed to hospital on Friday but died the next day. Source