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Oscar Pistorius, track star turned convicted murderer, set to leave jail

Oscar Pistorius, track star turned convicted murderer, set to leave jail

OSCAR Pistorius' life story from before and after Valentine's Day 2013 reads like the script to two markedly different films – the first an inspirational sporting biopic and the second a grim tale of murder. In the first, he was the "Blade Runner", the multiple Paralympic gold medallist with carbon-fibre prosthetic legs who became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics when he represented South Africa at the 2012 London Games. In the second he was the man convicted of murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - a model and promising law graduate - by shooting her through…
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Pistorius release touches a nerve in country scarred by violence against women

Pistorius release touches a nerve in country scarred by violence against women

SOUTH African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' release on parole, nearly 11 years after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, provoked a raw response in a country scarred by violence against women. Pistorius, who has said repeatedly that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, spent about eight and a half years in jail as well as seven months under house arrest, but for many that is not enough. An average of around 12 women are murdered in South Africa every day, with more than 42,000 rapes recorded in the year to March 2023, police data show. "Considering that I'm a woman in…
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Explainer: What will happen to Oscar Pistorius when he is released from jail?

Explainer: What will happen to Oscar Pistorius when he is released from jail?

FORMER Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on Friday after he was granted parole nearly 11 years after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Here is a look at what will happen to Pistorius after his release under South Africa's so-called restorative justice programme. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PISTORIUS AFTER HIS RELEASE? Pistorius - known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs - became eligible for parole in March 2023 after he had served half of his 13 years and five months sentence for murder. He was granted parole on November 24, to take effect on January 5.…
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South African ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius granted parole a decade after killing girlfriend

South African ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius granted parole a decade after killing girlfriend

JAILED South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was granted parole after serving nine years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and will be released on January 5, authorities said. Known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, Pistorius went from a public hero as a Paralympic champion to a convicted killer in hearings that caught the world's attention. Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. He was initially jailed for five years in 2014 for culpable homicide by a high court. But the Supreme Court of Appeal in late 2015 found him guilty of the…
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Oscar Pistorius: from ‘Blade Runner’ hero to convicted murderer

Oscar Pistorius: from ‘Blade Runner’ hero to convicted murderer

OSCAR Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, was granted parole in January after he sought early release from prison where he is serving a more than 13-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, a South African, went from public hero as a Paralympic champion to a convicted killer in hearings that drew worldwide attention nearly a decade ago. Below is a timeline of his life: 1986 - November 22 - Oscar Pistorius is born in Johannesburg. Born without fibulas, he has both legs amputated below the knees before turning one year old. Olympic and…
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Jailed South African paralympic star Pistorius met victim’s father

Jailed South African paralympic star Pistorius met victim’s father

FORMER South Africa paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius, jailed in 2016 for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, last week met her father, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family said on Friday. The lawyer, Tania Koen, said Pistorius took part in a process known as victim-offender dialogue - an integral part of South Africa's restorative justice programme that brings parties affected by a crime together in a bid to achieve closure. "(I can) confirm Barry Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius participated in a victim-offender dialogue on 22 June 2022," Koen said in a statement. She said she would make no further comment due…
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