South African Olympian and Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius is set to to be released on parole next week, after serving one out of five years jail time for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, 2013.
Next week, Pistorius will be freed from the South African jail where he has spent the last twelve months, through “correctional supervision” under house arrest, according to the BBC.
In September last year, Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder of Steenkamp – who was fatally shot multiple times through a locked bathroom door during the early hours of February 13. In October last year, Pistorius was then found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced.
The flaws in the South African policing and investigation underpinned Pistorius’ case, which captured attention worldwide, as inconsistencies were presented in findings from police forensics, and privately hired forensics at the crime scene.
An attorney representing the Steenkamp family—who, in August, said a release of Pistorius at 10 months was premature—told South African media that Pistorius’ release still means “nothing has changed in their lives.”
“Reeva is still not coming back. Whether Mr Pistorius remains incarcerated or whether he is released, Reeva isn’t coming back so it doesn’t make a difference to them.”
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