Oscar Pistorius seeks parole for girlfriend's killingOscar Pistorius seeks parole for girlfriend's killing

Oscar Pistorius Granted Parole

Oscar Pistorius, a South African Paralympian, is set to be released on parole nearly 11 years after fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The Parole Board announced on Friday that the 37-year-old Pistorius has fulfilled the conditions for parole under South African law – serving half of his 13-year sentence for making Parole. The scheduled release date is January 5, 2024.

Childhood double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, was once among the world’s most beloved runners, known as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber artificial limbs, competing on a global scale, including the 2012 London Olympics. His popularity reached its peak when he shot four times through the bathroom door at Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Oscar Pistorius: Legal Trials and Parole Path

During a trial that garnered international attention, Oscar Pistorius claimed that he mistook the 29-year-old model and Paralegal for an intruder during a heated argument and had a fascination with firearms. Initially convicted of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter, his successful appeal reduced the sentence to six years.

Pistorius was eventually sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison in late 2016, and he has been in custody since. In March, he applied for parole to the Pretoria Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, but it was rejected. Later, a court ruled it was an administrative error, leading to a hearing outside Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.

Parole Evaluation and Family’s Safety Concerns

According to a statement from South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services, the Parole Board assessed Pistorius’s overall situation and found that he has a “positive support system.” Authorities, during a press conference after the hearing, mentioned the impact on Steenkamp‘s mother, June Steenkamp.

Family's Safety Concerns
Family’s Safety Concerns

June Steenkamp did not directly oppose Pistorius’s release, but expressed surprise that his “anger and aggression” had been rehabilitated correctly and voiced concerns for the safety of other women, according to a statement delivered by a family spokesperson. 

Strict Conditions and Mother’s Victory

According to an Associated Press report citing the Correctional Services spokesperson, Oscar Pistorius will come under the five-year parole conditions, including participating in an anger management course, and will not leave Pretoria without permission.

Attorney Tania Koen said the conditions have reassured the affected mother as they “satisfied her that the conditions imposed by the Parole Board are keeping an eye on him.” “She sees it as a victory for her pursuit of seeing him accountable for the involvement in the killing,” Koen added.

FAQs

1. Why is Oscar Pistorius being released on parole?

Oscar Pistorius is being released on parole after fulfilling the conditions mandated by South African law, serving half of his 13-year sentence for parole eligibility.

2. When is Oscar Pistorius’s scheduled release date?

Oscar Pistorius’s scheduled release date is January 5, 2024.

3. What were the charges against Pistorius in the initial trial?

Initially, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter, in connection to the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

4. What conditions will Oscar Pistorius face during his parole?

Oscar Pistorius will face five-year parole conditions, including participating in an anger management course, and he will not be allowed to leave Pretoria without permission.

5. How does June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, feel about Oscar Pistorius’s release?

June Steenkamp did not directly oppose Pistorius’s release but expressed surprise at his rehabilitation and voiced concerns about the safety of other women. The family sees it as a victory for accountability, according to their representative.

Conclusion

Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend, is set to be released on parole after nearly 11 years. The Parole Board found he met the conditions under South African law and scheduled his release for January 5, 2024. Pistorius, once a celebrated athlete, had a turbulent legal journey, initially facing culpable homicide and later a 13-year sentence. The decision has sparked varied reactions, including surprise from Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, who expressed concerns about Pistorius’s rehabilitation. He will be under five-year parole conditions, including anger management, and restricted from leaving Pretoria without permission.

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