Oscar Pistorius' parole review set for 18 September

AUGUST 27, 2015

Update: OSCAR PISTORIUS' FAMILY MUM ON PAROLE HEARING NEWS

Oscar Pistorius will now spend about three more weeks behind bars before the Parole Board reviews his release on parole, which was postponed at the eleventh hour a week ago. The Parole Board reportedly informed Pistorius' lawyers on Wednesday that the review of his parole will take place on 18 September.

Pistorious' lawyers had not lodged a legal challenge following the suspension of his early release from prison after serving 10 months of his five year sentence for the culpable homicide of his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 2013.

The former Paralympian had been expected to wait up to four months to hear if he would eventually be released on correctional supervision.

Last week Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice announced that the June 5 decision to release the double amputee on correctional supervision on August 21 was made prematurely.

In terms of the Correctional Services Act, such considerations can only be made once Pistorius had served a full sixth of his sentence, which he had not yet done by June 5 according to the department's calculations.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng Directorate of Public Prosecutions has filed an appeal over this to the Supreme Court of Appeal, in a bid to have the conviction changed to murder.

This could be heard in November.

Ten months not enough

Ten months behind bars is not enough for the man who killed their daughter, June and Barry Steenkamp said in an interview over the weekend.

In an interview with Australia's Channel Seven Sunday Night programme, June told the broadcaster: "How can it be for the life of my daughter... 10 months be enough? He killed her, he admits he killed her, she's dead, after making sure that she was dead. Why didn't he let her just walk away? Why?"

 

 - additional reporting News24wire

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