South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted parole after serving 10 years for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The decision was met with skepticism from Steenkamp’s family.
Parole Granted Effective from January 5, 2024
Oscar Pistorius has been granted parole, effective from January 5, 2024, after serving 10 years for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. This decision comes after earlier denial of parole in March.
Steenkamp’s Family Expresses Disbelief in Pistorius’ Rehabilitation
Rob Matthews, spokesperson for Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, expressed disbelief in Pistorius’ rehabilitation outside the parole hearing center. June Steenkamp’s prepared remarks highlighted the family’s lack of conviction in Pistorius’ rehabilitation.
Steenkamp’s Family’s Opposition and Skepticism
Despite the parole being granted, Steenkamp’s family expressed opposition and skepticism, stating that they had not forgiven Pistorius and still believed he intentionally shot their daughter in anger.
Path from Hero to Convicted Killer
Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, transitioned from a public hero as a Paralympic champion to a convicted killer after the 2013 murder that drew global attention.
Reeva Steenkamp’s Tragic Death
Pistorius shot and killed Ms. Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. The tragedy has had a long-lasting impact on her family, as demonstrated by their continued opposition to Pistorius’ release and their skepticism of his rehabilitation.
Pistorius’ Legal Battles and Sentencing
The legal battles of Pistorius started with his initial conviction of culpable homicide, which was later upgraded to murder. He testified during his murder trial, claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
Pistorius’ Murder Conviction and Sentence
Pistorius was eventually convicted of murder based on the legal principle of dolus eventualis, resulting in an initial jail term of six years, later increased to 13 years and five months by the Supreme Court, which deemed the initial term as “shockingly lenient”.
Legal Proceedings and Family Tragedy
The legal proceedings have been intertwined with the tragedy faced by Steenkamp’s family, including the loss of her father in September. The family continues to express their lack of forgiveness and opposition to Pistorius’ release.