Oscar Pistorius was denied parole after being sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend

Trevor Christopher

Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic sprinter, was refused parole on Friday for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, ten years ago. The next parole review for Pistorius is scheduled for August 2024. According to their attorney, Reeva  Steenkamp’s parents are pleased with the parole board’s choice to deny an early release.

Prisoners who exhibit exemplary behavior while incarcerated in South Africa are qualified for parole after completing 50% of their sentence. The ex-sprinter claimed in 2013 that he had mistaken his partner for an intruder and shot her four times through the bathroom door.

The South African inmate has been in prison for over 13 years and 5 months and has applied for parole while completing half his sentence. A spokesperson for South Africa’s Correctional Services, Singabakho Nxumalo, said that Pistorius’ request for parole was refused because he was not yet qualified; this was a matter that had been clarified by the nation’s highest appeals court just this week.

In order to be released on parole, Pistorius was mandated to participate in South Africa’s “Restorative Justice” program. During the trial, Pistorius pleaded not guilty to both the murder charge and the firearms claim. The prosecution asserted that the killing was premeditated because it occurred after a fight between the two defendants.

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In 2014, Pistorius was found guilty of murder and given a five-year prison term. However, a higher court overturned the verdict, and the charge was upgraded to murder, increasing his prison term to six years. Prosecutors appealed the decision because they thought the punishment was too light. In 2017, Pistorius’ punishment was lengthened by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal to 13 years and five months, reports said.

The six-time Paralympic gold medalist voiced his sincere regret for shooting and killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013, but he still stands by his claim that he mistook her for a robber at the time.

Due to the innovative prosthetic legs, he used in both the Paralympic and Olympic track events, the man was once known as “the Blade Runner,” and his televised trial received enormous international notice. Now, it appears probable that he will not get the chance to leave jail before August 2024.

CWEB has provided some information for this story.

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