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Oscar Pistorius has approaced the Constitutional Court in hid quest for parole.

Oscar Pistorius: Why has he approached the ConCourt for parole?

This is why Reeva Steenkamp’s killer boyfriend Oscar Pistorius has approached SA’s highest court in his bid for an early release via parole.

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Oscar Pistorius has approaced the Constitutional Court in hid quest for parole.

Oscar Pistorius has taken his bid for parole to the highest court in South Africa – the Constitutional Court. The former Paralympian was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February 2013.

His attorney Julian Knight has insisted that he’s served the minimum required sentence to be granted an early release. In March, however, a board denied his parole after arguing that this was not the case.

Oscar will become eligible for parole in 16 months – i.e., August 2024.

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On 31 March, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) announced that a board had rejected Oscar Pistorius’s parole application.

According to a statement, Oscar was not, in fact, eligible for parole, as he did not serve his minimum sentence, according to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Under South African law, offenders must spend at least half their sentence in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

However, Oscar’s family and attorney Julian Knight have argued that the DCS, SCA, and the parole board have their dates all wrong.

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According to EWN, Knight has filed papers in the Constitutional Court, arguing that Oscar Pistorius’s time served before becoming eligible for parole was unfairly overlooked.

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Images via Instagram: @oscarpistorius

Pistorius said in court papers that the parole board was “clearly incorrect” and “untenable” and “leads to [his] incarceration without just cause”. He argued that this was essentially an “infringement of [his] … fundamental rights”.

A court date has yet to be set.

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According to 702, Reeva Steenkamp’s family have chosen not to oppose his parole bid application. However the 

However, the DCS has filed a notice of opposition against Pistorius’s decision.

Karyn Maughn added to the radio station: “It remains unclear at this point whether the National Prosecuting Authority, which was, of course, the entity that said the story of the six-year sentence was shockingly lenient, will seek to intervene up until this moment”

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Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in October 2014. This was later upgraded to murder in December 2015. He was handed a six-year prison sentence.

However, the SCA increased his jail term to 13 years and five months following an unsuccessful appeal in November 2017.

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Will Oscar Pistorius be granted parole? Images via Deaan Vivier / POOL / AFP, Twitter

Here is a simplified version of his parole bid history.

  • In November 2022,  Pistorius had his parole application revoked following a discrepancy over the dates of when his sentence began.
  • According to claims made by Pistorius’s attorney Julian Knight, he received two directives from the SCA, which claimed that the sentence be antedated to 2014, the year the offender was originally sentenced. He argued that Pistorius was, therefore, eligible to be considered for parole in February 2021, as they believed he had served half of his prison sentence.
  • However, the Atteridgeville prison, where Pistorius spent most of his sentence, claims he only became eligible in March 2023.
  • On 31 March 2023, Pistorius’s parole bid was denied again.
  • Just days before his March parole hearing, the SCA issued a clarification order antedating Oscar’s murder sentence to November 2017 – the date the court imposed his 13-year and five-month sentence – and did not consider time already spent in jail before this. 
  • Pistorius’s family and attorney are arguing that his prison sentence began in July 2016.
  • Oscar Pistorius will now only become eligible for parole in August 2024