Oscar Pistorius's family 'shattered' after appeal bid gets rejected

The athlete’s murder appeal bid was turned down 'due to lack of prospects of success'.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - While Reeva Steenkamp's family had welcomed the Constitutional Court's decision rejecting Oscar Pistorius's murder appeal bid, the athlete's family appeared heartbroken.

The court informed counsel for the parties yesterday that it will not hear his application.

Pistorius approached the highest court in the country after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the State and convicted him of murder.

The athlete was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp on Valentine's Day three years ago.

Barry and June Steenkamp's attorney Tania Koen, said the couple always had faith in the justice system, adding that the law must now take its course.

Pistorius's brother Carl, simply tweeted the word 'shattered'.

Nine Constitutional Court judges, led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, considered Pistorius's application before turning it down.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku said, "We said Pistorius's leave to appeal has been denied, due to lack of prospects of success."

Pistorius returns to court next month to be sentenced as a murderer.

' NOT IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE'

Last month, State prosecutors argued that they strongly believe it is not in the interests of justice for the Constitutional Court to entertain the athlete's appeal against his murder conviction.

Advocate Andrea Johnson argued that it is in the interest of justice that Pistorius appears before the trial court to be sentenced for the crime he committed, murder.

She said the SCA correctly identified the trial court's fundamental error that because Pistorius believed that Steenkamp was in the bedroom, he could not be convicted of murder.

Johnson added that it is remarkable to note and remains inexplicable that the defence team continues to endorse and persist with this flawed reasoning.

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