Oscar Pistorius denied right to appeal murder conviction

Pistorius now faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence. Credit: Reuters

A South African court has refused to let Oscar Pistorius appeal against his murder conviction.

The former Olympic and Paralympic athlete was convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her through a bathroom door.

He had previously been found guilty of manslaughter but this was overturned by a High Court Judge in December.

Today, the country's highest court ruled Pistorius had "no reasonable grounds of success" in his appeal.

He now faces a minimum 15-year jail term when he is sentenced in April.