Oscar Pistorius up for parole
South Africa’s Paralympic athletic runner, Oscar Pistorius (34) went on trial in March 2014 and in September of that year he was found guilty of culpable homicide.
In October 2014 Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison and served his time. In October 2015 he was placed under house arrest. In December 2015 the court of appeal changed the verdict to a murder. Around July 2016 he was sentenced 6 years in prison for murder. In November 2017 he was back again in court as the court of appeal said the sentence for murder was light and it was double sentence to 13 years and 5 months in prison.
Pistorius was convicted for murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot multiple times on 14 February 2013.
He applied for parole since July this year, and parole hearing was scheduled for October, only to find out that it was cancelled due to lack of report on Pistorius served time in correctional center.
The law allows the offender for parole after the half of a sentence is served, but Pistorius must first take part in a process called restorative justice which enables to reconcile.
Pistorius must meet with the Steenkamp family under the South Africa’s victim offender dialogue policy, and the department of correctional services must setup a meeting. Pistorius might be taken to the Steenkamp family home in Gqerberha, as Barry the father of Reeva can’t travel due to his health condition.
Steenkamp family is allowed to give recommendations to the parole board, as their opinion matters too as they are the victim’s family. But the parole board will look on other matters as well before they conclude the verdict of the parole application. Pistorius will wait for the next date for a parole hearing to be scheduled.
By Valentia Maluleke for African View News