Fam­ily anger as Os­car Pis­to­rius re­lease is sched­uled for Aug. 21

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY KRISTEN VAN SCHIE

Os­car Pis­to­rius, the South African dou­ble am­putee sprinter who shot dead his girl­friend, is sched­uled to be freed on pa­role on Aug. 21 af­ter serv­ing just 10 months in jail, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The pro­posed re­lease date pro­voked an an­gry re­ac­tion from the par­ents of model and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who Pis­to­rius shot on Valen­tine’s Day in 2013.

Pis­to­rius, a role model around the world af­ter com­pet­ing in the Par­a­lympics and Olympics, claimed that he mis­took Steenkamp for an in­truder, fir­ing four shots through a locked bath­room door.

“Incarceration of 10 months for tak­ing a life is sim­ply not enough,” her par­ents June and Barry Steenkamp said a state­ment re­leased on­line.

“We fear that this

will not send out the proper mes­sage and serve as the de­ter­rent it should.”

The state­ment added that the fam­ily had “for­given” Pis­to­rius and did “not seek to avenge” their daugh­ter’s death.

Pis­to­rius, 28, was found guilty last year of cul­pa­ble homi­cide — a charge akin to man­slaugh­ter — and sen­tenced to five years in pri­son for shoot­ing Steenkamp.

“He has been rec­om­mended for cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion on Au­gust 21,” Zach Modise, com­mis­sioner of the cor­rec­tional ser­vices, told AFP.

“Nor­mally, this will mean house ar­rest with one hour of free time each day. As he pro­gresses, we will re­lax th­ese con­di­tions.”

The cor­rec­tional ser­vices’ rec­om­men­da­tion will now await fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion from the pa­role board, which is due to is­sue its de­ci­sion this week.

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