Oscar Pistorius, a former Olympic runner, was denied parole in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday. It was determined that he had not completed the “minimum detention period” required to be released from prison following his murder conviction for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. As a result, he will have to serve at least another year and four months in prison.
According to a statement released by the Department of Corrections of South Africa, the parole board that heard Pistorius’ application determined that he would be eligible to reapply in August 2024.
Pistorius Strolls Without His Prosthetic Legs In Emotional Show At Condemning Hearing
Pistorius strolls without his prosthetic legs in an emotional show at his condemning hearing
The outcome was a shock however there has been lawful fighting over when Pistorius ought to be qualified for parole in view of the series of requests for his situation. In 2014, he was found guilty of culpable homicide, which is similar to manslaughter. However, the case went through several appeals before Pistorius was finally found guilty of murder and sentenced to 13 years and 5 months in prison in 2017.
In order to be eligible for parole in South Africa, serious offenders must have served at least half of their sentence. Pistorius’s lawyers had gone to court to argue that he was now eligible because he had served the required amount of time in jail since his culpable homicide conviction in late 2014.
Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, sat inside the correctional service car Thursday at the Atteridgeville Prison for Oscar Pistorius’s parole hearing in Pretoria. Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, opposed Pistorius’s parole hearing on Friday. Reeva Steenkamp’s parents have stated that they continue to doubt Pistorius’ account of their daughter’s death.
Pistorius has always maintained that on Valentine’s Day 2013, before dawn, he shot Steenkamp because he thought she was a dangerous intruder in his house. The Steenkamps said they think he killed her purposefully following a late-night contention and believe that he should remain in jail.