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Oscar Pistorius Granted Parole Almost 11 Years After Killing Reeva Steenkamp

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Oscar Pistorius, the former South African Paralympian convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been granted parole, nearly 11 years after the tragic incident. Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, will be released on January 5, 2024, according to a hearing in Pretoria.

Details of the Tragic Incident

Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend four times through a locked bathroom door at his home on Valentine’s Day in 2013, bringing an end to the life of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

Parole Board Decision

The parole board made the decision after assessing Pistorius’ profile, noting a “positive support system” for his reintegration into society. Rehabilitation programs may be part of the parole conditions.

Family Opposition and Victim Impact Statement

Steenkamp’s family, represented by lawyer Tania Koen, opposed Pistorius’ release, rejecting his account of the events. June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, expressed disbelief in Pistorius’ explanation in a victim impact statement, asserting that she does not consider him rehabilitated.

Additional Restrictions Likely

As Pistorius has not served his full sentence, wearing an electronic security tag and restrictions on leaving Gauteng Province are anticipated.

Global Awareness on Gender-Based Violence

The parole decision has renewed global awareness of gender-based violence, with Reeva Steenkamp’s legacy continuing to raise awareness on the issue worldwide.

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