South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has requested the courts to force jail authorities to think about him for parole, claiming he has served half of his 13-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius, 35, shot lifeless Steenkamp, a mannequin, whereas she was in the lavatory in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. He mentioned he thought a burglar was hiding in his en-suite toilet when he fired 4 instances via the door.
This didn’t persuade the jury, nonetheless, and he was discovered responsible of homicide.
He initially recieved a five-year jail sentence for culpable murder, which was prolonged to six years in July 2016.
The state later appealed for a longer jail sentence, and the Supreme Court of Appeal elevated the jail time period to 13 years and 5 months.
Last year, the identical court dominated that his sentence needs to be back-dated to October 2014, when he began serving his sentence virtually eight years in the past.
To be thought of for parole in South Africa, an offender should first serve half their time period. Pistorius and his legal professionals are arguing that this implies he grew to become eligible for parole in February final year.
South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius (pictured in court throughout a hearing in 2016) has requested the courts to force jail authorities to think about him for parole after serving half of his 13-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius (left, competing on the London 2012 Olympics), 35, shot lifeless Steenkamp (pictured proper with Pistorius in 2012), a mannequin, whereas she was in the lavatory in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013
His lawyer Julian Knight instructed AFP that the athlete was in search of an order to force authorities at Gauteng’s High Court to maintain a parole hearing.
However, Atteridgeville jail – the place he’s presently being held – says the court of enchantment has given rulings which can be contradictory.
South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services has mentioned it’s also in search of a court judgement to set up when his sentence formally started.
‘It’s an application to compel the parole board to convene a hearing for his consideration for parole,’ mentioned Knight. ‘It doesn’t suggest he have to be positioned on parole, however that he have to be thought of,’ Mr Knight mentioned.
No hearing date has been set but, he mentioned, refusing to give additional particulars.
In July, the Correctional Services division confirmed that a meeting had taken place the earlier month between Pistorius and Steenkamp’s mother and father.
The encounter was a part of Pistorius’ rehabilitation, one thing that can be a requirement to find a way to apply for parole.
Lawyer Tania Koen mentioned in June that Pistorius and Barry Steenkamp met face-to-face on June 22 as a part of what’s identified in South Africa as a victim-offender dialogue.
Pictured: Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, leaves the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, June 14, 2016, after Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing proceedings
It offers victims of crimes or their family members a likelihood to meet with the offenders, in the event that they select to, earlier than the offender may be eligible for parole.
If Barry is happy with the result of the talks and believes his daughter’s killer has really repented. It was not clear on the time if he was happy.
Last year, the Steenkamps spoke of their anguish when Pistorius penned a letter to them after he grew to become eligible for parole. ‘June and myself, we have been dumbfounded,’ Barry Steenkamp, Reeva’s father, mentioned on the time.
Pictured: June 15, 2016, Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after his sentencing proceedings. Oscar Pistorius met with the daddy of Reeva Steenkamp, the girl he shot to loss of life in 2013, in June as a part of his parole course of
Pistorius was born with a congenital situation that led to each his legs being amputated under the knee when he was a child.
Known worldwide because the ‘Blade Runner’ due to his carbon-fibre prosthetics, Pistorius grew to become the primary double-amputee to race on the Olympics when he competed on the London 2012 video games, a year earlier than he shot Steenkamp.
But his picture as probably the most inspiring figures in sports activities was shattered when he shot the 29-year-old Steenkamp a number of instances via a bathroom door in his home in the early hours of Valentine´s Day 2013.
He claimed he mistook her for a harmful intruder however was convicted of a cost comparable to second-degree homicide as a result of he acted so recklessly by firing via the bathroom door with his 9mm pistol.