By John Smith • 03 March 2016 • 18:10
AFTER considering his request to lodge an appeal against his conviction of murder of girl-friend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African high court has ruled that his appeal has no reasonable grounds for success and therefore the conviction should stand.
Pistorius has been on bail since December when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found him guilty of murder after overruling the earlier conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide but now it would appear that his options have been dramatically reduced and he is likely to serve a significant custodial sentence which could be as long as 15 years.
He is now required to attend a sentencing hearing on April 18 but presumably will be allowed to continue to remain out of prison on bail until that time.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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