JUST IN: Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius released on parole


Finally, former track star Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison on parole.

South Africa’s Department of Corrections made this public on Friday.

Pistorius has spent almost 11 years in jail after the murder of his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The 37-year-old was now a parolee and “at home,” the authority announced in a brief statement.

Recall that the Olympic and Paralympic athlete killed the 29-year-old Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, with four shots through the bathroom door of his villa in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day night, in 2013.

The sprint star, who has been a double-amputee since infancy, was sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison, following a trial that immersed South Africa, and was followed closely around the world.

During the trial, Pistorius testified that he had fired several times because he had mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar.

Nonetheless, the court ultimately rejected his evidence and convicted him of murder.

After spending nine years at a prison near Pretoria, he was released on parole by a panel after determining he had completed the minimum detention requirement under South African law.

His probation will last five years and comes with strict supervision by law enforcement authorities. At the time of the killing, Pistorius was at the peak of his career.

The “Blade Runner,” as he was known, won six gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games on custom-made carbon prostheses.


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