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Sun May 29 00:07:50 SAST 2016

Oscar Pistorius to leave prison after one year – Confirmed

RDM News Wire | 15 October, 2015 14:36
Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria during his trial over the death of Reeva Steenkamp. In a surprise move this week, his planned release was blocked after a petition to Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha

The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Supervision and Parole Board has approved Oscar Pistorius’s release from prison into correctional supervision.

The date of his parole will be from Tuesday 20 October 2015, until 2019.

His release on correctional supervision would be a year after his five-year sentence was handed down in court – 21 October 2014 – for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013.

Pistorius was to be released in August after serving 10 months‚ a sixth of his sentence for culpable homicide. His release was halted when Justice Minister Michael Masutha opposed the decision‚ saying it had been taken before Pistorius had served the required sixth of his sentence.

The parole board met in Pretoria for the second time today.

Department of Correctional Services issued a statement saying: “The parole board considered all submissions‚ including the offender’s profile report‚ the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family.

“The Kgosi Mampuru II CSPB says: ‘Upon careful consideration of the facts placed before the Parole Board as contained in the G326 (Profile Report) submitted by the Case Management Committee in terms of Section 42 (2)/* 79 of the Correctional Services Act of 1998‚ the Parole Board decided to place Mr. Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 2015/10/20 until 2019/10/20”.

“The Parole Board has also given the offender his correctional supervision conditions which include the directives of the Parole Review Board in respect of continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act.”

The state is preparing to appeal against the culpable homicide verdict. Prosecutors will contend that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder.


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