The Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius was freed on parole from jail on Friday morning, and authorities secretly moved him to reside at his uncle’s estate. To avoid making media wait outside the jail, Pistorius killed his girlfriend at an undisclosed time. The Department of Correctional Services released a brief statement at 8:30 a.m. in South Africa announcing Pistorius’s release and said that he is “at home now.” Other than stating that he was on parole, nothing else was said.
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Oscar Pistorius Was Given a Strict Parole Order
Pistorius, 37, was serving a nearly nine-year sentence for the 2013 Valentine’s Day shooting killing of Reeva Steenkamp, a model and recent law graduate. He was granted parole after completing at least half of his sentence, which allowed him to reside in a family home under strict supervision. His parole was approved in November. Singabakho Nxumalo, a representative for the Department, told the Associated Press that Pistorius followed all the required steps. Before he was permitted to go back home with his family, he was sent from the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria to a parole office. Nxumalo declined to disclose Pistorius’ location or the date of his release.
The area where Pistorius was released is surrounded by police
It was anticipated that upon his release, Pistorius would initially reside in his uncle’s opulent Pretoria mansion. There were police officers stationed outside the property and one was seen entering later on Friday. But the policeman refused to talk to reporters. Outside the mansion were three black private security cars parked. Prior to his release, the Department had assured Pistorius that he would not be the focus of media attention and that there would not be a “parade” to protect him from it. Since Steenkamp was shot multiple times behind a toilet door in his Pretoria mansion more than a decade ago, Pistorius has been subjected to constant media scrutiny.
Pistorius Parole Decision Acknowledges June Steenkamp’s Statement
According to South African law, Oscar Pistorius’s parole has been granted based on the declaration provided by Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp. She questioned, “Has Reeva got justice?” Has Oscar finished speaking? June Steenkamp said, “If your loved one never returns, there can never be justice, and no matter how much time is given, he will not bring Reeva back.” “Those who are left behind are serving a life sentence.” Many conditions have been attached to Oscar Pistorius’s parole, including no alcohol or leave-the-house restrictions, the need to finish anger management programmes, participation in groups that fight violence against women, and community service. He must make visits under supervision
Oscar Pistorius: Disregarded in the Face of Doubt and Damaged Image
Before the parole was granted, more than ten years had gone since Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day. Since South Africa’s parole system does not employ tags or wristbands for tracking, he is released under rigorous guidelines, subject to constant supervision, and has restrictions attached to his tag. Even though the Steenkamp family did not complain, June expressed suspicions that Pistorius had fully healed and that he was still lying about the crime. Prior to the murder, Pistorius was regarded as an inspirational role model due to a congenital condition that necessitated both of his legs to be amputated below the knees. He created history as a champion Paralympic sprinter by using carbon-fiber running blades.
His trial and the events that followed brought his illustrious career to a disastrous end and destroyed his reputation. Despite his achievements, the murder case clouded his memory and overshadowed his athletic brilliance.