Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic Star, May Receive Parole This Friday, a Decade After a Notorious Murder

by Gabriel Martinez
Oscar Pistorius Parole

Nearly a decade after being convicted of murder, Oscar Pistorius, the renowned double-amputee Olympic runner, stands a chance of being granted parole this Friday. Pistorius, who celebrated his 37th birthday this week, has been incarcerated since 2014. He initially faced an erroneous denial of parole in March due to a miscalculation by an appeals court regarding the commencement of his sentence and eligibility for early release.

Pistorius, originally found guilty of culpable homicide—a verdict akin to manslaughter—for the 2013 Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, saw his conviction escalated to murder following an appeal by prosecutors. They successfully challenged both the initial conviction and the six-year murder sentence, resulting in a revised sentence of 13 years and five months.

Background Coverage:

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Under South African law, serious offenders must complete at least half their sentence before parole eligibility. Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot her accidentally. Prosecutors, however, contended that Pistorius acted in anger following an argument.

His murder conviction was based on the legal principle of dolus eventualis, indicating he acted with extreme recklessness, disregarding the probable fatal outcome. Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic sprint champion, gained global fame as the first double-amputee Olympic athlete, competing on carbon-fiber prosthetic blades.

His trial, broadcasted worldwide, revealed a different aspect of his life involving firearms and confrontational behavior. He also faced a separate conviction for recklessly discharging a firearm in a public place.

June Steenkamp, the victim’s mother, has opted not to oppose Pistorius’ parole, a change from the family’s previous stance. Both she and her late husband, Barry Steenkamp, had expressed a desire for Pistorius to serve a full sentence.

Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and TV personality, remains a central figure in this tragic case. June Steenkamp, while not attending the upcoming parole hearing, will have a statement read on her behalf.

The decision on Pistorius’ parole is not assured. The parole board will consider several factors, including his behavior in prison, mental health, and potential community risk. They might grant full or day parole, the latter requiring him to spend nights in prison.

The Corrections Department noted that even if parole is granted, Pistorius’ release might not be immediate. Initially incarcerated in Pretoria’s central prison, he was later transferred to Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in 2016. Reports about his prison life have been sporadic, including instances of conducting bible classes and a physical altercation with another inmate.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Oscar Pistorius Parole

Who is Oscar Pistorius?

Oscar Pistorius is a former double-amputee Olympic runner from South Africa, who gained fame as the first double-amputee to compete at the Olympics. He was later convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

What was Oscar Pistorius convicted of?

Pistorius was convicted of murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013. He was initially convicted of culpable homicide, but this was later upgraded to murder following an appeal by prosecutors.

Why might Oscar Pistorius be granted parole?

Pistorius may be granted parole as he has served nearly half of his 13-year and 5-month sentence, which is a requirement for parole eligibility for serious offenders in South Africa.

What legal principle led to Pistorius’ murder conviction?

Pistorius was convicted of murder based on the legal principle of dolus eventualis, indicating extreme recklessness and a disregard for the likely fatal outcome of his actions.

What has been the stance of Reeva Steenkamp’s family regarding Pistorius’ parole?

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, has chosen not to oppose Pistorius’ parole. This marks a change from the family’s earlier position, where they had expressed a desire for Pistorius to serve the full sentence.

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LegalEagle November 24, 2023 - 2:19 pm

The dolus eventualis principle was key in this case, really interesting legal precedent set here.

SportsFanatic November 24, 2023 - 5:26 pm

Pistorius was such a inspiration, hard to accept what he did. Tragic story all around.

TrueCrimeLover November 24, 2023 - 7:17 pm

This case was so complex, the legal twists and turns were like something out of a movie. never a dull moment

JusticeSeeker November 25, 2023 - 1:29 am

Feel for Reeva’s family, they’ve been through so much, hope they find some peace, no matter the outcome of the parole hearing.

JohnDoe99 November 25, 2023 - 5:37 am

wow, can’t believe its already been 10 years since this happened, time flies…

SA_Native November 25, 2023 - 7:19 am

in SA, parole is always a contentious issue, especially for high profile cases like Oscar’s. Public opinion is so divided on this.


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