Oscar is home

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Oscar Pistorius was released from Atteridgeville prison and was back home on Friday, after serving more than half of his sentence.

The Department of Correctional Services (DKD) confirmed in a short statement shortly after 08:00 on Friday that Pistorius is now officially on parole.

“He was taken into the community correctional system and is now at home,” confirmed DCD spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

Many members of the media gathered outside the gates of the prison in the west of Pretoria on Friday. However, the department warned earlier that there would be no opportunity to take pictures of Pistorius.

In terms of his bail conditions, the former Paralympic athlete will live with his uncle Arnold and his wife, Loïs, in their house in Waterkloof in Pretoria.

While home there, Pistorius will also be expected to attend anger management therapy sessions and perform community service. Several other bail conditions were also imposed, including that he may not leave the Waterkloof area without permission. During this time, he may not use any alcohol or grant any media interviews.

These conditions will apply until December 2029, when his sentence will be served.

Finally on parole

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Pistorius’ eventual release on parole comes after a long legal battle.

He has been in custody since 2016 after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, ​​on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

On 24 November last year, the parole board decided that Pistorius was eligible for release. It was the second time Pistorius applied for parole after there was initial confusion about how much of his sentence he had already served.

However, the Constitutional Court clarified this ambiguity in October last year and ruled that Pistorius had already been eligible for parole earlier. Pistorius turned to the highest court in the country after the first parole application was rejected in March.

At the time, the DCD argued that Pistorius had not yet served his minimum period of detention, confusion that arose after Pistorius’ sentencing was backdated to November 2017 and his sentence on the murder charge was extended.

Pursuant to the last order of the Constitutional Court, Pistorius’ sentence of 13 years and five months was backdated to 6 July 2016. This was the date on which Pistorius was first sentenced on charges of murder for Steenkamp’s shooting death.

After the DCD studied the court order, it was announced in November that Pistorius may be released on parole.