Johannesburg - South
Africa's highest court has rejected Oscar Pistorius' request to appeal
against his 13-year jail term, ending the long legal battle over his
killing of his girlfriend in 2013.
The former Paralympic athlete, 31, had asked the Constitutional 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.
The ruling was dated March 28.
Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of 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.
He was originally convicted of culpable homicide - the equivalent of
manslaughter - in 2014, but his conviction was upgraded to murder on
Pistorius also tried to take the murder conviction to the Constitutional Court, but it also refused to hear the matter.
His legal team and state prosecutors have fought through the courts over the length of his sentence.
"This is the end of the road. There are no other legal options
available," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told
AFP, welcoming the ruling.
Tania Koen, the Steenkamp's family lawyer, said that Reeva's parents
had "always had faith in the justice system" and had no further comment
"June and Barry have been focusing their time and energy in the
Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation which was established in her memory,"
The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first
double-amputee to race at the Olympics when he competed at the London
Previously a role model for disabled people worldwide, his trial generated international headlines.
In a television interview, he said he believed an intruder was in the
house and "instant fear" drove him to grab his gun and walk on his
stumps towards the bathroom before opening fire.
It is unclear when Pistorius, who is detained in prison outside the capital Pretoria, could be eligible for parole.