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Pistorius asks court to hear appeal

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FILE: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen at the sentencing hearing for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the high court in Pretoria, Thursday, 16 October 2014.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legal team of Oscar Pistorius says it has asked South Africa’s Constitutional Court to let the team appeal the double-amputee Olympian’s murder conviction for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Lawyer Andrew Fawcett said Monday that papers have been filed with the court “asking them to grant us leave to appeal.”

It is not immediately clear how long the Constitutional Court will take to decide whether it will hear Pistorius’ case.

In December, an appeals court threw out a lower court’s lesser manslaughter conviction and found Pistorius guilty of murder.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of a toilet cubicle in his home early on Valentine’s Day 2013.

 

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