Former athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of murder, is set to appear for a parole hearing on March 31, 2023. Pistorius has completed half of his 15-year prison sentence and is now eligible for parole consideration.
The South African athlete, who was once a celebrated figure in the world of sports, was convicted in 2015 of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, shot and killed Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.
Pistorius maintained that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, but the prosecution argued that he killed her intentionally after a heated argument. The trial garnered international attention and was widely covered by the media.
Following his conviction, Pistorius was initially sentenced to five years in prison, but the sentence was later increased to 15 years by the South African Supreme Court of Appeal. Pistorius has been serving his sentence at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria.
Pistorius has been eligible for parole since September 2021, when he completed the minimum period of his sentence. However, his previous parole attempts were unsuccessful. The decision to grant him parole now lies with the South African parole board, who will consider factors such as his conduct in prison, his risk of reoffending, and his prospects for rehabilitation.
The parole hearing is expected to be closely watched by both Pistorius’ supporters and detractors, as well as by the media. If he is granted parole, Pistorius could be released from prison and allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest or other conditions.