Former South African sprinter and star at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2014 London Olympics, Oscar Pistorius, will be given a second chance at parole at a hearing on Friday (24/11).
The hearing followed a ruling last March that had wrongly declared Oscar ineligible for early release from prison.
In a statement sent to the Associated Press on Monday, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said the parole board would consider the former Olympic runner’s case again this week and decide “whether or not the prisoner is suitable for social integration.” “
Pistorius, a double amputee track and field athlete, became world famous when he competed using carbon fiber running blades at the 2012 London Olympics. He has been in prison since late 2014 in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius was initially convicted of premeditated murder, an act equivalent to murder (without prior malice), for shooting Steenkamp several times through a closed toilet cubicle door, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.
After a series of appeals by prosecutors, the charge against him was upgraded to murder, and he was ultimately sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison.
Serious criminals in South Africa must serve at least half of their sentence before being eligible for parole. (em/ns)