Parents of Woman Killed by Oscar Pistorius Oppose His Parole :- South Africa’s PRETORIA (AP) — Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp ten years ago, and her parents still think he’s lying about it, according to their lawyer. They are against the former Olympic runner’s request for parole.
Lawyer Tania Koen told reporters outside the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre prison in Pretoria, where Oscar Pistorius has been detained since 2016 and where his parole hearing was held on Friday, that “until he comes clean, they don’t feel that he is rehabilitated.”
He killed their daughter, and they know it. Before the hearing, Koen remarked, “For them, it’s a life sentence.
Pistorius was found guilty of murder for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 at his house. Pistorius is a double amputee runner and triple Paralympic champion who made history by racing against competitors with normal limbs at the 2012 Olympics.
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Pistorius has consistently maintained that he accidentally shot his fiancée when he thought she was a threatening intruder. He claimed he was unaware that she had gotten out of bed and gone to the lavatory. Barry and June Steenkamp, her parents, have said that they still think he killed her deliberately during a late-night confrontation out of rage.
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The parole board determined that Pistorius might reapply in August 2024, according to a statement from South Africa’s Department of Prisons. According to the statement, the board highlighted a further explanation of Pistorius’ sentencing released by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal three days prior.
The outcome was unexpected, but because to Pistorius’s numerous appeals, there has been legal debate over when he should be eligible for parole. After being first found guilty in 2014 of culpable homicide, a penalty similar to manslaughter, the case went through several rounds of appeals before Pistorius was finally given a murder conviction and 13 years and five months in prison in 2017.
In South Africa, serious criminals must serve at least half of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.