Oscar Pistorius could be released from prison to attend a family memorial
The disgraced Paralympian, who was convicted of murdering his model girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp, 29, will be released on “compassionate grounds” this week, despite serving a 15-year sentence. The sportsman’s grandfather Hendrik Pistorius died aged 101 last month after going to hospital for a routine operation. He has already been allowed out of prison two other times to attend funerals. He attended his grandmother Gerti’s memorial after she died in August 2016 aged 92.
And the the Department of Correctional Services also allowed him “compassionate leave” last August to attend the funeral of grandmother Joyce Bekker, who died aged 93.
A spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services Singabakho Nxumalo told the Weekend Argus: “An application has been made but it has not yet been fully considered.
“The Head of Centre has to consider a number of factors before an inmate is temporarily placed outside of a correctional facility as that carries risks.”
However it is understood the Pistorius family is confident he will be granted release.
Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by Oscar Pistorius in his home
Pistorius, 31, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years before prosecutors won an appeal and he was convicted of murder.
The sportsman, known as the Blade Runner, admitted firing four shots through a bathroom door, but said he thought noises coming from inside were a burglar.
But Reeva was shot in the head and found dead behind the bathroom door.
He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars in a low-security prison.
He could be granted parole as early as 2023.
A source in the Department of Correctional Services told the Weekend Argus: “The Oscar I’ve come to know in jail is kind-hearted and cares for his fellow inmates. He buys food for those who can’t afford it or those who are far away from their relatives. And he does this without asking for anything in return.
“He likes his privacy and spends a lot of his time reading and visiting the prison library. He’s a real bookworm.”
Ms Steenkamp’s parents previously said they believe that their daughter had told Pistorius she was leaving him on the evening of her death.