Oscar Pistorius applies to appeal murder charge

Oscar Pistorius has applied to appeal against his murder conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp almost three years ago.

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist was initially charged with culpable homicide and given a five-year jail term after firing shots through a locked bathroom door in his apartment, killing Steenkamp in February 2013.

Pistorius was released on house arrest last October after serving one fifth of his sentence, but South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal last month ruled his initial conviction should be changed to murder – which carries a minimum jail sentence of 15 years.

Andrew Fawcett, a member of the 29-year-old South African’s legal team, confirmed to Omnisport on Monday that an application has been made to the Constitutional Court to appeal against the charge of murder.

Pistorius remains under house arrest at his uncle’s house in Pretoria.

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