After serving just one-year of a five-year sentence Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison and placed under house arrest. Pistorius went to prison on Oct. 14, 2014 for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and is due to be released into house arrest on Oct. 20.
The conditions of house arrest vary in South Africa and the conditions Pistorius will be under have not yet been disclosed. However, it has been revealed that Pistorius will continue to have psychotherapy treatment and will not be able to own a firearm.
Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and was convicted in Sept. 2014 for the killing of his then girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door claiming he thought she was an intruder.
Steenkamp’s parents have no doubts about whether their daughters death was an accident or not, they believe Pistorius meant to kill their daughter and have persistently protested his parole. June Steenkamp told a South African tabloid: ‘’For our beautiful daughter – for anyone’s life – it’s definitely not long enough. She was robbed of her future, her career, her chance to get married and have a baby.” Steenkamp was a model and law graduate at the time of her death.
News of Pistorius killing Steenkamp shocked the world. Pistorius, 28, gained fame as a double-amputee competing for South Africa in the Olympic games and the Paralympics in 2012. His new and fast found fame is the possible cause for fueling his entitlement and rage.
The South African Parole Board claims that Pistorius was a good inmate and that the board always pushes for correctional supervision because South Africa’s prisons are over crowded and under funded. The parole board also says that Pistorius was sentenced under a special section of the Criminal Procedure Act, so the fact that he served so little of his sentence in prison is completely within the law.