Oscar Pistorius released from prison 11 years after murder of Reeva Steenkamp

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By journalsofus.com

Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was released from prison on Friday, South Africa’s Justice Ministry said. In 2013, he was jailed for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, ​​at her home on Valentine’s Day. Her televised trial made headlines around the world.

Pistorius has served almost nine years of his 13 years and five months of murder sentence, and his release came after a successful parole bid in November. In South Africa, serious criminals are eligible for parole after serving at least half of their sentence.

“He was admitted to the community corrections system and is now at home,” South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services said. Said In a brief update on Friday, without giving further details.

Pistorius, 37, was dubbed the “Blade Runner” for his speed on carbon-fibre prosthetic legs after having two legs amputated as a child. he won six The Paralympic gold medalist became the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics at the 2012 London Games and was honored as a sporting champion.

Steenkamp was a model and paralegal. The couple dated for several months before Pistorius shot him dead through the closed bathroom door of his apartment in Pretoria. He claimed in court that he had mistaken his 29-year-old girlfriend for a thief.

Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, ​​said in a statement on Friday that the verdict reaffirmed her faith in South Africa’s justice system. “The conditions imposed by the Parole Board, which include anger management courses and programs on gender-based violence, send a clear message that gender-based violence is taken seriously.”

However, he added, “Almost 11 years later, the pain is still raw and real.”

“Has Oscar served enough time? “Justice can never be served if your loved one is never coming back… We, who are left behind, are serving a life sentence.”

Olympian Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail on parole

A South African judge originally convicted Pistorius in 2014 of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, because prosecutors failed to prove that Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp. Pistorius adamantly claimed that he thought he was shooting at an intruder in his home.

In December 2015, prosecutors succeeded in overturning Pistorius’ original conviction, and South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal found him guilty of the more serious murder charge, ruling that a lower court judge had found him guilty of a less serious charge. Misused the law. ,

According to the Department of Correctional Services, normal parole conditions will apply to Pistorius. There are restrictions on when he can leave the house, and he is also banned from conducting media interviews or drinking alcohol. Pistorius could have to go back to prison if he violates the terms of his parole.

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