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Oscar Pistorius loses appeal against murder conviction

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By Euronews
Oscar Pistorius loses appeal against murder conviction

<p>Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has had his right to appeal against his murder conviction rejected by South Africa’s Constitutional Court.</p> <p>In December, the country’s Supreme Court upgraded the athlete’s sentence to murder from culpable homicide, an equivalent charge to manslaughter. </p> <p>Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in twenty-thirteen. He has spent the last few months under house arrest at his uncle’s home in Pretoria while waiting for his appeal. </p> <p>South African authorities had challenged his appeal on the grounds that the Supreme Court had correctly found Pistorius guilty.</p> <p>The athlete, nicknamed ‘Blade Runner’ because of the prosthetic legs he uses to race, now faces a possible minimum prison sentence of fifteen years for murder. </p> <p>It’s likely that he will be sentenced in April.</p>