Thus, the court revised its earlier decision, issued in spring, rejecting the application for conditional release. The South African Prison Service has now said it will review the court’s decision and take appropriate action.
The controversy over when Pistorius could be eligible for parole stems from differences in calculations. The special committee, which met in March, found that at the time of his application, Pistorius had not served the minimum sentence required to be eligible for such a plea. Now the court has made a different decision.
The athlete was arrested on February 14, 2013 – the day of Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. In October 2014, a court sentenced him to five years in prison for manslaughter, but Pistorius was subsequently released from prison on correctional supervision after serving his one-year sentence.
Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder
On December 3, 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa upheld the prosecutor’s complaint and ruled that Pistorius should be found guilty of premeditated murder. In July 2016, he was sentenced to six years in prison, but the prosecutor later appealed against the sentence, calling it “shockingly lenient”. In November 2017, a new sentence was passed – 13 years.
The runner, born on November 22, 1986 in Johannesburg, who had both legs amputated in the first year of his life due to congenital defects, despite an advanced degree of disability, from an early age he intensively practiced rugby, tennis, water polo, boxing and wrestling. He is the world record holder among disabled people in 100, 200 and 400 m runs.
In three Paralympic Games, in Athens, Beijing and London, he won six gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
On July 15, 2007, at the IAAF meeting, he was the first disabled runner to run with able-bodied athletes, running on special carbon fiber prostheses.
He became the first Paralympian in history after amputation of both limbs to take part in the Olympic Games (London 2012), participating in the 400 m and 4×400 m relay.