Oscar Pistorius loses bid to block appeal
Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius lost his bid to challenge the prosecution's right to appeal his manslaughter conviction for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa threw out the defense's application at a hearing in Johannesburg to block the appeal by the prosecution, which is seeking a murder verdict.
On December 10 Masipa granted the appeal of her ruling that cleared Pistorius (28), of murder charges after an eight-month trial. Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his home when he fired four bullets through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day two years ago.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued last year that Pistorius must have known his actions would lead to the death of the person and called his five-year jail term "shockingly inappropriate".
Pistorius's sentence in Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison can be commuted to house arrest after 10 months.