Oscar Pistorius faces a parole hearing this Friday, 24 November, as the former South African Paralympic athlete seeks an early release, asserting that he has served a sufficient portion of his 13-year prison sentence for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius contends that, considering the time served and the legal framework, he became eligible for parole on 20 March this year. However, the parole board previously rejected his requests, stating that he hadn’t met the required minimum detention period, according to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
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A series of SCA challenges and rulings created confusion about when Pistorius’s sentence became effective. His Constitutional Court application clarified that his sentence began on 6 July 2016, not 24 November 2017, when the SCA extended it. The court determined he became eligible for parole in March 2023.
June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, won’t attend the hearing. Advocate Annade Thiart-Hofmeyr will read her impact statement. The Correctional Supervision and Parole Board will decide Pistorius’s fate on Friday, with the Department of Correctional Services emphasising the independence of the board’s decision-making process. Presently, Pistorius serves his sentence at Atteridgeville Prison west of Pretoria.
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