Oscar Pistorius eligible for release on parole' after serving half his sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius eligible for release on parole' after serving half his sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp



Oscar Pistorius is reportedly eligible for release on parole after serving half his sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.



The South African Paralympic gold medallist, who is serving 13 years and five months in prison after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, and has been eligible for parole since July.







Pistorius is now expected to meet her parents in South Africa's 'restorative justice' parole process before he is considered for release.



He was convicted for manslaughter for the killing of Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 after he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.



He claimed he had mistaken Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate for an intruder but was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.



The sentence was increased in 2015 to 13 years and five months after he was found guilty of murder on appeal. But Pistorius may now be released on parole after serving six years in a low-security jail in Pretoria.



South Africa's department of correctional services said in a statement they were setting up a meeting between Steenkamp's parents and Pistorius as part of the 'restorative justice' process.



The statement said offenders 'must acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions' and that both parties must have the opportunity 'to reconcile or an apology'.



Correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the department were 'not yet there' on possible parole for Pistorius.Latest Post
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