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Oscar Pistorius, Killer Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Released On Parole

Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter, got parole after a 13-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, South Africa told a news channel that Pistorius was released from the correctional center on Friday, but he will have to fulfill his conditions for parole till 2029, which is the time when his sentence will complete.

The Correction Services Department has refused to share the details of his time of release and plan of transportation as it may serve as a threat to the stakeholders involved.

Reeva’s mother also gave her statement on Friday regarding Pistorius’ release. She refused to believe that Oscar was rehabilitated before his release. According to her, the absence of remorse on Pistorius’ side made it difficult for her to believe that he had been rehabilitated. She raised concerns about the safety of other women after his release.

June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamps’ mother, declared the day of her daughter’s death, 14 February 2013, as the day her life change forever. In her statement, she also said that she and her husband Barry cannot believe their daughter’s death to this date, although it has been more than a decade. Earlier, in November, she gave a statement saying that she may have forgiven Pistorius, but she does not agree with the description of events he is giving for her daughter’s death.

Steenkamp was shot four times by her then boyfriend, Pistorius, in a locked bathroom in his home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day 2013. According to his statement, he didn’t murder Steenkamp due to an argument, instead he thought her to be a burglar when he was at his house.

The parole conditions implied in Pistorius included gender-based violence programs and courses for anger management. He is not allowed to speak to the media or drink alcohol, he has to stay confined to his home for particular hours of the day. Different social workers and psychiatrists working with Pistorius gave positive comments regarding him.

Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door just six months after becoming the first double-amputee in the Olympics, 2012. He was not only found to be guilty in this case of murder, but also for possession of firearms. Earlier, he was accused of manslaughter in 2014 for which he received a sentence of five years, but this conviction was overturned by a higher court.

Due to a congenital condition, Pistorius’s lower legs were amputated when he was just half a year old. He was termed as “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic legs on which he relied and became a world-famous athlete.

The trials of Oscar Pistorius

  • August 2012: He wins a gold medal after competing in London Olympics and Paralympics
  • February 2013: He shoots dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp
  • March 2014: His murder trial begins
  • September 2014: Judge finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide
  • October 2014: His five-year sentence begins
  • October 2015: Transferred to house arrest
  • December 2015: Appeal court changes verdict to murder
  • July 2016: He returns to prison after being sentenced to six years for murder
  • November 2017: The appeals court increases sentence to 13 years and five months
  • June 2022: Meets Ms Steenkamp’s father, Barry, as part of a restorative justice programme
  • November 2023: Parole board agrees Pistorius should be released
  • January 2024: He is freed from prison under parole conditions

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