The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Supervision and Parole Board said that Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison into correctional supervision. The date of the parole begins October 20, 2015 and will continue until 2019.
Pistorius was charged with culpable homicide, equivalent of manslaughter, for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013. He was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison on October 21 last year, which will make his release come exactly a year later. In a case that gathered worldwide attention, Pistorius claimed that he fired the gun under the impression that it was a burglar. Although his sentence was initially recommended to be changed to 10 months – a sixth of his original sentence – which would have allowed him to be sent home in August, it was set aside on review, as reported by MoneyWeb.co.za.
Pistorius’ current release is subjected to conditions which include continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act. The Pistorius family has not released any statement, family spokesman, Anneliese Burgess, said.
In a statement, the Department of Correctional Services said, “The parole board considered all submissions‚ including the offender’s profile report‚ the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family.” The statement further said, “The Parole Board has also given the offender his correctional supervision conditions which include the directives of the Parole Review Board in respect of continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act.”
Olympian and Paralympian Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner,” had had his legs amputated as a baby because of a genetic condition.
Tania Koen, an attorney representing the Steenkamps, said that “nothing has changed” in the lives of the Steenkamp family, as reported by Eyewitness News. “Reeva is still not coming back. Whether Mr Pistorius remains incarcerated or whether he is released, Reeva isn’t coming back so it doesn’t make a difference to them,” Koen said. Prosecutors claim that Pistorius killed his girlfriend following an argument between the two, and that he should be charged with murder. The verdict will be appealed; and if the prosecutors succeed, Pistorius may be sent back to prison, as reported by NPR.
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