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17 July, 2024
 
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Oscar Pistorius released on parole after nearly 11 years for murder

The 'Blade Runner' leaves prison, prompting debate on justice, punishment, and South Africa's restorative justice system

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Oscar Pistorius, the South African former Paralympic star, has been released on parole after serving nearly 11 years for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fatally shot her through a bathroom door on Valentine's Day.

Reeva's mother, June Steenkamp, expressed that no amount of time served would bring her daughter back, emphasizing the enduring pain for the victim's family.  Pistorius, now 37, has completed more than half of his original sentence and will be monitored until December 2029.

As part of his parole conditions, he must undergo therapy for anger management and attend sessions on gender-based violence. While some view his punishment as inadequate, others believe he has served his time.

Pistorius, once a celebrated athlete, saw his initial conviction evolve from culpable homicide to murder, with his sentence eventually being more than doubled due to its perceived leniency. He participated in a "victim-offender dialogue" with Reeva's father as part of South Africa's restorative justice system.

[Information sourced from Reuter]

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