Oscar Pistorius, The “Blade Runner,” Was Granted Parole 10 Years After Murdering His Girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius, a former South African racing star, has been given parole over ten years after killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

The 37-year-old Olympic athlete, known as “Blade Runner” due to his futuristic carbon-fibre prosthetics, was given a 13-year and five-month term after being found guilty of killing the TV reality star early on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

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He was granted parole by the South African Department of Correctional Services on Friday, with effect from January 5. He will be bound by several rules, one of which is that he cannot leave the Pretoria neighbourhood where he is expected to reside without permission from the relevant authorities.

In addition, Pistorius will have to complete community service and attend a programme to address his anger management difficulties. The Department of Corrections stated that Pistorius’ parole requirements will be in effect for a period of five years. Pistorius satisfies the requirement that serious offenders in South Africa complete at least half of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

During his murder trial, Pistorius stated in his testimony that he accidentally killed Steenkamp by firing his licenced 9mm pistol four times through the door while mistakenly believing she was a threatening intruder hiding in his toilet in the middle of the night.

The prosecution said that Pistorius killed 29-year-old Steenkamp out of rage after she had run to the toilet cubicle after a late-night altercation.

For killing Steenkamp, Pistorius was first found guilty of culpable homicide, a crime similar to manslaughter. After the prosecution filed an appeal, that conviction was reversed, and he was found guilty of murder. Additionally, they filed an appeal against Pistorius’s initial six-year murder sentence, which resulted in a final 13-year, five-month prison term.

Once acclaimed as the most inspirational person in athletics, the crippled athlete was the first to compete against men with normal bodies.

However, that impression was destroyed when he killed Steenkamp, his three-month girlfriend, with four gunshots in a toilet cubicle at his Pretoria home in a posh gated community.

Due to a congenital defect, Pistorius was born without a fibula bone in either of his lower legs in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When he was 11 months old, his legs were amputated below the knee, but his mother encouraged him to do sports and taught him that his condition was not an excuse.

Pistorius participated in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, and took home the gold in the 200 metres after receiving his first carbon-fiber prosthesis. The most well-known disabled athlete in the world, he was shortly to become.

Pistorius won gold in the 100, 200, and 400 metres at the 2008 Paralympics, breaking the previous world records in all three events.

He also started competing against athletes without disabilities, but a lot of people were upset that he had an unfair advantage because of his carbon-fibre blades.

At the height of his career, Pistorius participated in the 2012 London Olympics, making history as the first amputee to compete in a track event, and he was selected to fly the South African flag during the closing ceremony.

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