Fury at early re­lease

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

AN ex­trem­ist les­bian fem­i­nist group has pledged to bump off dis­graced Par­a­lympian sprinter Os­car Pis­to­rius – now that the con­victed killer has been re­leased early and put un­der house ar­rest.

The former sport­ing hero, known as the Blade Run­ner, was jailed for five years in Oc­to­ber last year for the killing of girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp. He had shot her at the home they shared on Valen­tine’s Day 2013, say­ing he had mis­taken her for an in­truder. Pis­to­rius is now un­der house ar­rest at his un­cle Arnold’s lux­ury home in an up­mar­ket sub­urb of Pre­to­ria. “Os­car is here, and Os­car is at home with the fam­ily,” spokes­woman An­neliese Burgess said. “The fam­ily is happy that Os­car is at home.”

But there has been crit­i­cism of the move and the le­niency with which Pis­to­rius has been treated.

Now a bounty of £25,000 has been put up by the ul­tra-vi­o­lent les­bian anar­chists group Women Against Men, which boasts a global mem­ber­ship.

It has said it will mete out its own brand of jus­tice if this proves to be the first step in re­leas­ing Pis­to­rius fully be­fore he has served his full sen­tence.

A spokesper­son for the group, which claims to be re­spon­si­ble for a string of at­tacks on male sex at­tack­ers and killers of fe­male vic­tims who are re­leased from pri­son, said: “Pis­to­rius will pay for what he did.

“We will see to that. Our brand of jus­tice does not tol­er­ate mur­der­ing women.

“It seems the jus­tice sys­tem does not put much value on our sis­ter Reeva’s life. It is worth just a year in pri­son be­cause the man who killed her is a fa­mous sport­ing hero.

“Well, we will see her life is given its true value. A life for a life – that is how we will get vengeance for Reeva.

“Pis­to­rius must pay the full price – just as Reeva had to at his hands.”


A Jo­han­nes­burg po­lice spokesman said: “We will not tol­er­ate in­di­vid­u­als or groups tak­ing the law into their own hands. We will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing th­ese threats and will come down heav­ily on the peo­ple who are mak­ing them.

“Os­car Pis­to­rius has been through the jus­tice sys­tem and is serv­ing out his sen­tence as dic­tated by the courts. That is the right way.”

A South Africa pris­ons ser­vice spokesman said: “Os­car Pis­to­rius has not been re­leased from pri­son, he has been moved to house ar­rest – which means he is still serv­ing his sen­tence un­der lock and key.

Just in more fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings.”

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