Disgraced South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been denied parole, the lawyer for Reeva Steenkamp’s mother and father informed CNN Friday.
“I can verify that the parole board has made the choice, parole has been denied and they are going to be convening in a 12 months’s time to contemplate Oscar Pistorius for parole once more,” Tania Koen informed CNN after the parole listening to.
Pistorius was permitted for parole consideration after serving greater than half of his 13-year sentence. However Steenkamp’s mother and father opposed an early launch, their lawyer Tania Koen informed CNN forward of the parole listening to which befell within the Pretoria jail the place he’s serving his sentence.
The previous Olympic sprinter shot his associate 4 instances by way of the toilet door of his home in 2013, denying that he killed her in a match of anger and saying as a substitute he had mistaken her for an intruder.
Koen mentioned Pistorius has informed “numerous variations” of what occurred and has “by no means clarified” why he shot the “last shot” which killed Steenkamp.
In line with South African legislation, inmates might be thought-about for parole after serving half of their sentence in the event that they meet situations, like good habits in jail.
In 2018, the athlete’s father Henke Pistorius informed the UK’s Instances newspaper that he ran bible lessons and prayer teams for prisoners, together with the jail’s most feared gang chief.
To be eligible for parole, Pistorius needed to take part in South Africa’s “Restorative Justice” course of, which provides offenders the chance to “acknowledge and take duty for his or her actions.”
The athlete – as soon as feted as an inspirational determine after competing within the 2012 Olympics – grew to become the middle of a trial that was adopted around the globe.
Through the trial, Pistorius pleaded not responsible to 1 cost of homicide and a firearms cost related to Steenkamp’s killing.
Prosecutors argued her killing was deliberate and that the capturing occurred after the couple had an argument.
He continuously broke down in courtroom and his previous habits was intently scrutinized.
Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and sentenced to 5 years. However a better courtroom overturned the conviction and adjusted it to homicide a 12 months later, growing his sentence to 6 years in jail.
The ruling was appealed by prosecutors who claimed the sentence was too lenient. Pistorius’ sentence was elevated to 13 years and 5 months by South Africa’s Supreme Court docket of Enchantment in 2017.