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Will Oscar Pistorius be granted parole after serving half of his murder sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp?
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Oscar Pistorius: Parole application REMOVED from roll

Oscar Pistorius will have to settle for prison food as he spends another Christmas behind bars after his parole application was revoked.

Oscar Pistorius

Will Oscar Pistorius be granted parole after serving half of his murder sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp?
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This Friday, Oscar Pistorius was expected to attend an application hearing, in the hopes of being considered for parole.

Instead, the convicted former Paralympian will continue his prison sentence behind bars after his application was mysteriously removed from the roll.

Oscar Pistorius is serving a 13-year-and-five-month sentence for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2014.

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According to Beeld, Oscar Pistorius was meant to appear in the Pretoria High Court this week as part of a parole application hearing.

According to South African law, offenders become eligible for parole after serving half their sentence. The parole hearing does not necessarily mean the offender will be granted an early release. It does mean that the offender will be considered.

However, the publication reports that Pistorius’s attorney Julian Knight stated that the parole application was removed from the roll “in agreement with the Department of Correctional Services”.

Knight offered no other explanation other than that he would be releasing a statement “later this week”.

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Jailed SA paralympian Oscar Pistorius has asked the courts to force prison authorities to consider him for parole. Photo: AP

He also declined to comment on whether Oscar Pistorius will reapply for his parole hearing in 2023. According to Correctional Services, this is the date Pistorius would officially become eligible for parole

According to Tania Koen, the attorney of Reeva’s parents Barry and June, the family was not made aware of the developments.

Koen told Beeld that they were “just as in the dark” as the public.

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Prior to the news of his parole application being effectively scrapped, Oscar Pistorius was ultimately hoping to get an early release.

According to calculations made by his legal team, they believe Pistorius became eligible for parole in February 2021. However, the Atteridge prison, where he spent the majority of his sentence, claims that Pistorius will only become eligible in March 2023.

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 Supreme Court of Appeal increased his jail term to 13 years and five months following an unsuccessful appeal in November 2017.

According to News24,  Pistorius’s legal team filed an order in August to force the chairperson of the parole board at Atteridgeville prison to “convene a parole hearing” for him “within 30 days following the granting of this order”.

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Ahead of Oscar Pistorius’s parole application plea, officials offered insight into his life behind bars.

The 35-year-old has reportedly been keeping himself busy by joining a book club, working as a cleaner, and being allocated as a tractor driver, according to his unit manager whom News24  refers to as a Mrs Makgatho.

She told the publication of Pistorius: “He is a trustworthy individual who can defuse tense situations.”

She added that he was “ready to be re-integrated into society and will be a positive influence in the community”. This after she claims he reportedly attended his recommended programmes as part of his sentence.

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Reeva Steenkamp’s father Barry has shared details of a meeting he had with Oscar Pistorius in June as part of the Victim Offender Dialogue. Images via YouTube screenshot: M-Net/’My Name Is Reeva’

Oscar Pistorius also met with Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, in June 2022. This, as part of his rehabilitation through a programme called the “Victim Offender Dialogue”.

However, Barry claimed that Oscar Pistorius did not offer him the closure he was expecting

He said M-Net documentary My Name Is Reeva last month: “You arrive there thinking you’re going to say this and that. But it doesn’t work out that way. It’s just a sad, sad thing.

“I asked him certain questions…and I expected different answers. He gave me his truth, but I didn’t get my truth”.

Family attorney Tania Koen added: “I don’t believe Oscar’s version, and I don’t believe he told Barry the truth”.

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