Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole

Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole in January, prison authorities announced Friday, drawing criticism from Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, who said she did not believe the South African athlete had been rehabilitated since he murdered her daughter almost 11 years ago.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his house in 2013, denying that he killed her in a fit of anger and saying instead he had mistaken her for an intruder. He was originally sentenced to 13 years and five months imprisonment.

June Steenkamp said she was concerned for the safety of other women once he was released on parole.

In a victim impact statement, she said her daughter’s death had left a “massive hole” in her life that cannot be filled.

Her statement was also read outside a South African parole board meeting by a family representative.

In the statement, Steenkamp said while she had forgiven Pistorius, she doesn’t believe his version of events.

“At this time, I am not convinced that Oscar has been rehabilitated,” her statement said.

“Rehabilitation requires someone to engage honestly with the full truth of his crime and the consequences thereof. Nobody can claim to have remorse if they are not able to engage fully with the truth.

“If someone does not show remorse, they cannot be considered to be rehabilitated. If they are not rehabilitated, their risk of recidivism is high.”

June Steenkamp said she did not attend Friday’s parole board hearing because she couldn’t “muster the energy to face him (Pistorius) again.”

Source: cnn.com


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