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Oscar Pistorius texts journalist 'do you have no soul’

Pistorius will be sentenced for murder on 18 April, which carries a minimum 15-year prison sentence

By Samuel Osborne

Published 04/03/2016

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in a courtroom at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in a courtroom at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius places his hands on his face as he stands in the dock at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa during his bail hearing, on December 8, 2015. Former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius will appear in court for a bail hearing that could put him back in prison after he was convicted of his girlfriend's murder on appeal. South African appeal judges last week found him guilty of murder and overturned his earlier conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. / AFP / POOL / SIPHIWE SIBEKOSIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images
South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius listens to the judgement during a bail hearing at the Pretoria High Court on December 8, 2015. Pistorius was released on bail after his conviction for his girlfriend's murder, as his lawyers said they would launch an appeal to South Africa's constitutional court. South African appeal judges last week found him guilty of murder and overturned his earlier conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. / AFP / POOL AND AFP / HERMAN VERWEYHERMAN VERWEY/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius has spoken out for the first time since he was denied leave to appeal his conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, asking a journalist: "Have you no soul?"

Pistorius has served one year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter and was due to spend the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

While he was convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her four times through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day in February 2013, his sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal to murder in December.

Defence lawyer Andrew Fawcett said the court will proceeding with sentencing on 18 April. A murder conviction carries a minimum 15-year prison sentence.

Hours after the former Paralympic athlete was denied leave to appeal his conviction, his brother tweeted the single word: "Shattered".

Nine constitutional court judges, led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, considered the application before turning it down.

Pistorius has not been seen in months, and is currently staying at his uncle's mansion on bail.

When asked by a reporter from South Africa's Times newspaper how he was feeling, he text back: "I have asked you not to call me.

"Do you have no soul to respect someone in a time like this that all you can think of is your career?"

The only remaining hope for Pistorius to minimise his time behind bars would be to make an appeal against sentence.

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