The former South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who was in jail for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp is released from jail on parole. As the reports suggest, in 2014 Oscar was arrested and after 9 years he is now out on parole on Friday, 5 January 2024.
South Africa’s Department of Connections officials released the Olympic runner in the early hours of Friday from the Attendgeville Correctional Center in the South African capital, Pretoria. The athlete, Oscar was sentenced to jail for 13 years and five months.
Did Oscar Pistorius kill his girlfriend Reeva by mistake?
The athlete, Oscar Pistorius, and Reeva Steenkamp started dating each other in November 2012 and they both were in deep love and stayed together. On Valentine’s Day morning, 14 February 2013, Oscar shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp with his licensed pistol at his house in Pretoria.
According to Oscar Pistorius, he thought that someone had entered his house and was hiding in his bedroom’s washroom while he believed that his girlfriend Steenkamp was sleeping on the bed. Pistorius took his licensed 9 mm pistol and shot through the door in self-defense.
Pistorius claimed that he soon realized that he made a mistake and it was Steenkamp whom he shot. But it was too late as he fired four shots and Steenkamp was dead. The Police took Oscar Pistorius into custody and on 15 February 2013 he was charged with murder in Pretoria court. However, the trial started, and in September 2014, the court gave a verdict that Pistorius was not guilty of murder but guilty of culpable homicide.
Later, in October 2014, Pistorius was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide with a three-year suspended prison sentence for reckless endangerment. In October 2015, Pistorius was released on parole however, the state appealed the conviction, and in December 2015 the Supreme Court overruled the judgment and found him guilty of murder.
Pistorius was then sentenced to six years in prison in charge of murder. On the state’s appeal for a longer sentence, the Supreme Court then sentenced him to 15 years out of which at that moment he had already served some years and was then convicted for a reduced time of 13 years and 5 months. And now Oscar Pistorius is released on parole after 9 years spent in jail.
About Oscar Pistorius & his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius was born on 22 November 1986 and presently he is 37 years old. Pistorius is a former South African runner and he was a leading runner as an athlete with a disability competing at a high level as well as multiple Paralympic Games and the Summer Olympics 2012. While his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was a model and paralegal.
Steenkamp modeled for FHM magazine and even she was the first face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa. She worked with various brands and advertisements. Steenkamp was 29 years old when she died. Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp were first spotted together at an awards ceremony in South Africa.
The couple stated that they were just friends and they both started their relationship in November 2012 but their relationship was short-lived as Steenkamp was shot dead by mistake by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It was also reported that earlier, Pistorius dated Samantha Taylor for 18 months.