Former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius is now a free man as he

Former Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius is now a free man as he was smuggled out of prison after serving half of his 13-year prison sentence

Former South African professional sprinter and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is now a free man after being smuggled out of prison after serving half of his 13-year prison sentence

The Blade Runner was escorted out of Atteridgeville Correctional Center and taken to his new home on his uncle Arnold Pistorius's estate on the outskirts of Pretoria, 11 years after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He was granted early release from prison on November 24, 2023, after a parole board review determined the 37-year-old was fit for social reintegration and set his release date for January 5 this year.

The disgraced Paralympic athlete is “now at home” after being released on parole on Friday, authorities said, after a police car was seen entering his uncle's home in the upscale Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof.

The announcement was made around 8:30 a.m., indicating that prison authorities had released the world-famous double amputee Olympic runner in the early hours of the morning.
After his release, images emerged from a previous cell showing the conditions in which the former Paralympic athlete lived. His prosthetic legs are seen inside the small, dirty cell, and family photos have been pasted on the wall.

Meanwhile, Steenkamp's mother, June, said in a statement that she is the one “serving a life sentence” in her grief and wished that the release of the man who murdered her daughter would help bring her some peace. .

June Steenkamp believes Pistorius is guilty of Reeva's murder but wants to step out of the spotlight to mourn her daughter and husband Barry, who died last September “of a broken heart”.

Reeva died after Pistorius shot her four times outside her bathroom on Valentine's Day 2013.

He insisted it was an accident as he thought an intruder had broken into the house.

Pistorius was released from Atteridgeville Correctional Center 11 years after shooting Reeva dead.

He will remain under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and will be subject to parole conditions until his sentence expires in December 2029.

A monitoring officer will be assigned to him, who must be kept informed when Pistorius is looking for job opportunities or moving house.

Your uncle's property is fortified by armed guards, security technology and dog patrols, which should provide a high level of protection against media attention and potential attackers who might attack the compound after its liberation.

In a heartfelt statement, Ms Steenkamp said today: “February 2013 (was) the day life changed forever. The day South Africa lost its hero, Oscar Pistorius, and the day Barry and I lost our precious daughter, Reeva, at the hands of Oscar.

'Now, almost 11 years later, the pain is still raw and real, and my dear late husband Barry and I have never been able to come to terms with Reeva's death, or the way she died.

“Over the years, Barry and I have been encouraged by the love and messages of support from friends and strangers.

'I wish I could thank each and every one personally for carrying Barry and I through these difficult years. Part of Barry and my daily conversations was always infused with the sadness we felt for the parents and families of victims whose perpetrators were not held accountable.

“Our thoughts remain with them as they were denied any form of closure and the names of their loved ones were never recognized or honored.

“It has made us feel guilty to some extent, but at the same time the trauma of reliving and retelling our story has been a huge cross for us to bear.

“While we remain grateful to the media, the intensity of coverage of Oscar's trial, arrest and parole has been a double-edged sword.

“Media interest has meant the loss of our privacy and made it difficult to grieve in peace. Unfortunately, the reports were often accompanied by verbal and emotional abuse from some members of the public – not only against us, but also against our late daughter.

“It is my sincere hope, and Barry's, that people take a moment to consider the impact of their offensive comments.

'We didn't choose this. We would much rather have our loving daughter alive and laughing with us.

We have always known that probation is part of the South African legal system and we have always said that the law must take its course.

“The release of Oscar Pistorius on parole, subject to certain conditions, confirmed Barry and my belief in the South African justice system.

“The conditions imposed by the parole board, which include anger management courses and programs on gender-based violence, send a clear message that gender-based violence is taken seriously.”

She added: 'Was there justice for Reeva? Did Oscar serve enough time? There can never be justice if your loved one never returns, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back. We, who are left behind, are the ones serving life sentences.

“With the release of Oscar Pistorius on parole, my only wish is that I can live out my final years in peace, with my focus remaining on the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, to continue Reeva's legacy.”


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