Oscar Pistorius’ defense team failed to block a prosecutor’s appeal against his acquittal on murder charges.
The South African Paralympian was released from murder in 2014, but was sentenced to 5 years in prison on a lesser charge of murder.
Prosecutors are seeking a murder conviction after Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Rieva Steenkamp in 2013.
On March 13, the Johannesburg Supreme Court rejected a request by Oscar Pistorius ‘defense team to suspend prosecutors’ appeal.
After a brief hearing, Judge Tocosile Masipa said the procedure did not allow her to grant or reject the request.
“I think having fun with this app would be tantamount to reviewing my own decision.” she said.
“On the one hand, there is actually nothing new in the statements of the candidate’s lawyer.”
The double amputated athlete was acquitted by Judge Tocosile Masipa of both premeditated murder and the lesser charge of murder of dolus eventualis, also known as common law murder, last September.
In South African law, this charge applies if the accused knew that he could kill someone, but nevertheless continued to act.
Oscar Pistorius says he shot Rieva Steenkamp accidentally after mistaken her for a thief.
Prosecutors are pushing for the appeal because they believe a full panel of judges at the Supreme Court of Appeals will agree that Judge Tocosile Masipa misinterpreted the principles of dolus eventualis and the two would convict him of murder and sentence him to a longer sentence.