ormer Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has filed papers to South
Africa’s Constitutional Court, appealing against his 13-year jail term
for shooting dead his girlfriend, a lawyer for the victim’s family said
A court last month increased Pistorius’s sentence for murdering Reeva
Steenkamp to 13 years in the latest stage of a long court battle since
his trial in 2014.
Pistorius shot dead Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day
in 2013 when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet,
later saying that he thought she was an intruder.
“We respect the law. It is Oscar Pistorius’s constitutional right to
appeal his sentence. The law must take its course,” Tania Koen, a lawyer
for the Steenkamp family, told AFP by email.
Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide — the
equivalent of manslaughter — but his conviction was upgraded to murder
Pistorius also tried to take the murder conviction to the
Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest tribunal, but it refused to
hear the matter.
Source: ( AFP )