Pistorius Released From Prison 11 Years After Killing Girlfriend
South Africa’s ex-Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was released from jail on parole Friday and “is now atalmost 11 years after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a crime that gripped the world.
Having served more than half his sentence, the 37-year-old double-amputee was quietly whisked outthe Atteridgeville prison on the outskirts of Pretoria, avoiding the hordes of media gathered outside.
“He was admitted intoCommunity Corrections and is now at home,” the department of correctional services said in a statement.
Pistorius, known worldwide as “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, will not be allowed to speak to the media as a condition of his parole.
Prison authoritieswarned the press that there would be no opportunity to photograph or speak to him.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp, a model29 years old at the time, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day four times through the bathroom door of his ultra-secure Pretoria house.
The shooting came a year after Pistorius made history bythe first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.
He was found guilty of murder andin 2017 after a lengthy trial and several appeals.
Hepleaded not guilty and denied killing Steenkamp in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.
The morninghis release, Steenkamp’s mother June issued a statement saying that while she accepted the of his parole, “the pain is still raw and real”.
“There can never be justice if your loved oneand no amount of time served will bring Reeva back,” she said.
who remain behind, a life sentence.”
Offenders in South Africa are automatically eligible for parole consideration after serving half their sentence.
Pistorius lost a first bid in March when the board found he had not completed the minimum detention period required to be let out.
The Constitutional Court in October ruled that was a mistake, paving the way for a November hearing that approved his release.
As part of his parole, until2029, Pistorius must undergo therapy for anger and gender-based violence issues.
He will also be banned fromalcohol and other substances, required to complete community service and be home at certain hours of the day.
The conditions “send out a clear message thatviolence is taken seriously” by the country’s justice system, June Steenkamp said Friday.