Oscar PistoriusReeva Steenkamp

To be released after 10 months

12 Aug, 2015

Pistorius will be released from jail next week after serving 10 months of his five year sentence for killing Steenkamp. While he did not apply for release himself, the parole board at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria where he is being held has recommended he be released into the community at the first opportunity. Pistorius will reportedly live under effective house arrest at his uncle Arnold’s home in Waterkloof, Pretoria. He will be required to do community service, take part in regular mental health checks, refrain from drinking alcohol, and his travel will be restricted. Steenkamp famly:

We do not seek to avenge her death and we do not want Mr Pistorius to suffer; that will not bring her back to us. However, a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions. Statistics show that our society is under continuous attack from criminals and murderers. Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough. We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should.

Pistorius’ case remains subject to a Supreme Court appeal hearing in November, when prosecutors will argue that his conviction should be scaled up to murder – and a minimum 15-year jail term.

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