Pis­to­rius loses last ap­peal over jail term

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7 South Africa’s high­est court has re­jected Os­car Pis­to­rius’s re­quest to ap­peal against his 13-year jail term, end­ing the long le­gal bat­tle over his con­vic­tion for killing his girl­friend in 2013.

The for­mer Par­a­lympic ath­lete, 31, had asked the court to re­view the jail term, which was in­creased to 13 years in Novem­ber.

But the court rul­ing re­leased on Mon­day said that “the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal is dis­missed” as it was not a con­sti­tu­tional mat­ter.

Pis­to­rius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp on Valen­tine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the locked door of his bed­room toi­let, later say­ing that he thought she was an in­truder.

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