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Oscar Pistorius is released from prison

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison almost 11 years after he was charged for murdering his girlfriend.

The former Paralympian fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day 2013 firing a gun through a bathroom door.

Pistorius said it was an act in self defence, mistaking his partner for an intruder.

He was granted parole in November, which will last until December 2029 which stipulates Pistorius must be supervised by a correctional services officer and subject to restrictions.

The 33-year-old must also attend therapy for anger management and “gender-based violence issues” and sign up to community service.

If Pistorius breaks any breaches of his parole, he could be sent back to prison.

A statement released by the Steenkamp family, the mother, June, said:  "Has there been justice for Reeva? Has Oscar served enough time? There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back.

"We, who remain behind, are the ones serving a life sentence. 

“With the release of Oscar Pistorius on parole, my only desire is that I will be allowed to live my last years in peace with my focus remaining on the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation, to continue Reeva's legacy."

June Steenkamp went on to say the conditions imposed by the parole board affirm her belief  in the South African justice system as they "send out a clear message that gender-based violence is taken seriously"

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in 2014 after initially being found not guilty of murder and convicted of manslaughter and was eventually released to house arrest.

But in 2015 the South Africa’s supreme court overturned the decision finding him guilty of murder.

He was given six years imprisonment in 2016, which was extended to 13 years and five months after his conviction was deemed “shockingly lenient.”

Pistorius was denied parole in March 2023 when a court said he had appealed for his release too early.

Themba Masango, secretary general of Not In My Name International, said: "He has ticked all the necessary boxes.

"And we can only wish and hope Oscar Pistorius will come out a better human being.

"We tend to forget that there is a possibility where somebody can be rehabilitated."

[ Oscar Pistorius had both his feet amputated when he was 11 years old after contracting a congenital defect. ]

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