South African athlete Pistorius granted parole

South African athlete expects release on parole in August after serving 10 months in prison

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is currently serving in prison for culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is expected to be released on parole in August.

Speaking to AFP, commissioner of the correctional services Zach Modise said that “[Pistorius] has been recommended for correctional supervision on August 21.”

“Normally, this will mean house arrest with one hour of free time each day. As he progresses, we will relax these conditions.”

A family member, who did not want to be named, also told Reuters that, “Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August.”

Steenkamp's parents June and Barry Steenkamp expressed their frustration on the recommendation via a statement released online stating that an “Incarcerations of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough.”

“We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent is should.”

Pistorius was sentenced to serve five years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide in October, 2014.

However, due to his physical disability, Pistorius is being held in the hospital ward of Pretoria prison in Gauteng, South Africa.

The double-amputee Olympic runner shot his model girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home, claiming that he thought she was midnight intruder.

Although Pistorius claims that he fired believing that she was an intruder, states prosecutors are pushing for an appeal of the culpable homicide sentence and are seeking for murder conviction.

If convicted of murder Pistorius could serve at least 15 years in prison.

TRTWorld and agencies