Oscar released today

Henry

The former South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is released on parole today (Friday), almost 11 years after he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, ​​in a crime that gripped the world.

After serving more than half of his sentence, the 37-year-old Pistorius is expected to leave Atteridgeville prison today.

The authorities have not released any details or logistical details about this, and cited “security reasons” for this.

Pistorius, who is known worldwide as the “Blade Runner” due to his prosthesis, is also not allowed to speak to the media in terms of his parole conditions. Prison authorities also warned there would be no opportunity for photographs of the former athlete.

Pistorius was found guilty of murdering Steenkamp, ​​a 29-year-old model, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 after he fired shots through the bathroom door of his luxury Pretoria home.

The shooting followed a year after Pistorius made history by becoming the first athlete to undergo a double amputation and compete at Olympic level when he competed at the Games in London in 2012.

After his conviction for murder, Pistorius was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison in 2017 in a long trial followed by several appeals.

He pleaded not guilty, denied that he shot Steenkamp in anger and argued that he mistook her for a burglar.

Therapy required

Steenkamp’s mother, June, says she does not believe that Pistorius told the truth about what happened that night.

“My dear child screamed for her life loud enough for the neighbors to hear her. I don’t know what gave rise to his decision to shoot through a closed door,” Steenkamp said in her presentation to the parole board.

In South Africa, offenders are automatically eligible for consideration for parole after serving half of their sentence. Pistorius’ application was rejected in March after the parole board found that he had not completed the minimum sentence period.

The Constitutional Court ruled in October that this was a mistake and this paved the way for another application in November – this time successful – to be released on parole.

As part of his parole, which runs until the end of his sentence in 2029, Pistorius must undergo anger management and therapy for gender-based violence issues. He is also prohibited from using alcohol, must perform community service and be home at certain times of the day.

Although June Steenkamp did not oppose Pistorius’ application for parole and was “satisfied” with the conditions of his release, she is still not convinced that he has been fully rehabilitated, a spokesperson for the family said.

“No one can argue that they are remorseful, if they are not prepared to tell the whole truth,” she said in a statement.