PRETORIA, South Africa — Former Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was denied parole Friday and should keep in jail not less than one other yr and 4 months after it was determined that he had not served the “minimal detention interval” required to be launched following his homicide conviction for the 2013 killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The parole board listening to Pistorius’ utility dominated he would be capable to apply once more in August 2024, South Africa’s Division of Corrections stated in a press release. The board cited a brand new clarification on Pistorius’ sentence that was issued by South Africa’s Supreme Courtroom of Enchantment three days in the past, in keeping with the assertion.
The outcome was a shock however there was authorized wrangling over when Pistorius ought to be eligible for parole due to the sequence of appeals in his case. He was initially convicted of culpable murder, a cost similar to manslaughter, in 2014 however the case went by way of numerous appeals earlier than Pistorius was lastly sentenced to 13 years and 5 months in jail for homicide in 2017.
Critical offenders should serve not less than half their sentence to be eligible for parole in South Africa and Pistorius’ attorneys had gone to courtroom to argue that he was now eligible as a result of he had served the required portion of time in jail from late 2014 following his culpable murder conviction.
June Steenkamp, the mom of Reeva Steenkamp, attended Pistorius’ listening to Friday to oppose his parole. The mother and father of Reeva Steenkamp have stated they nonetheless don’t consider Pistorius’ account of their daughter’s killing.
Pistorius has at all times claimed he killed Steenkamp within the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after mistaking her for a harmful intruder in his house. The Steenkamps stated they suppose he killed her deliberately after a late-night argument and wish him to remain in jail.