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Paralympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Granted Parole After Serving 9 Years For Girlfriend’s Murder

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Paralympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Granted Parole After Serving 9 Years For Girlfriend’s Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Paralympic and Olympic sprinter, has been released from prison on parole, over a decade after the tragic shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, which shocked the world.

The parole board approved Pistorius’ release in November, citing that he had completed half of his 13-year sentence for the 2013 killing of Steenkamp, making him eligible under South African law.

Singabakho Nxumalo, the spokesperson for South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services (DCS), confirmed Pistorius’ release from Atteridgeville Correctional Centre near Pretoria.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through a locked bathroom door on February 14, 2013, maintaining that he mistook her for an intruder and did not kill her in a fit of anger during a Valentine’s Day argument, as prosecutors argued.

Eligible for parole in March 2023 under South Africa’s “Restorative Justice” process, Pistorius will complete the remainder of his sentence in the community corrections system, he is mandated to participate in programs addressing gender-based violence and continue therapy sessions on anger management.

Once celebrated as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, Pistorius competed in the 2012 Olympics against able-bodied athletes, despite not winning a medal, he was initially hailed as an inspirational figure.

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